Wireless 911

The topic of wireless 911 is very active, because it affects such a wide variety of people--wireless carriers, public safety comm centers and the public. In additiona, there are almost a score of stakeholders surrounding the technology who influence how it operates, how much it costs and when it will be implemented. Check our Wireless 911 Spider Web diagram to get an idea of the complexity of this issue.

Current Issues

Naturally, all three groups have their viewpoints on how 911 should be handled, both technically and operationally. Each group has major players, including the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA), and the citizen's group Ad Hoc Alliance for 911. On the regulatory end, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress are involved in setting rules and regulations.

There are several issues currently affecting wireless 911.

Phase I

The FCC deadline for transmitting ANI and pseudo-ALI to the PSAP has come and gone--it was April, 2000. According to NENA, just 8% of PSAPs now have this feature available to them. Besides transmitting the caller's wireless phone number to the PSAP, wireless carriers must also send the address/location of the receiving antenna site, to assist in locating the caller.

Now, local comm centers are trying to size up the Phase II possibilities and timeline, and decide if adopting Phase I would be worth the time, trouble and money. In many cases, current 911 equipment is not capable of receiving a 7-digit telephone number and area code -- it was never anticipated that a non-local caller would be dialing 911. So many agencies are facing a considerable expense to upgrade their equipment in order to receive Phase I features. Some are even considering whether to skip Phase I and just upgrade their systems to handle Phase II immediately.

T-Mobile was fined by the FCC in April 2003 for not meeting Phase I implementation deadlines--the FCC alleged T-Mobile let PSAP requests languish for longer than the 6-month time limit.

Phase II

Under the FCC's rules, wireless carriers must transmit the location of a wireless 911 caller within certain accuracies.

The FCC granted waiver requests from all major wireless carriers in October, 2001, and now Verizon, Cingular and Nextel have filed Petitions for Reconsideration on the waivers, objecting to some sections of the waiver grants.

There are still lots of PSAP issues, not the least of which is the expense of upgrading 911 equipment to handle Phase II features, and the ability to display the location information -- either a latitude and longitude, or a map display.

Now, there are still a substantial number of public safety comm centers that have not upgraded their 911 networks to Phase II features.

Violations - The FCC has fined several carriers for violating Phase II deadlines or other regulations. Check the FCC's list.

The Cost - A May 2003 Associated Press story said that NENA estimated the cost of nationwide Phase II at "as much as $8 billion."

Strongest Signal

After strong lobbying from a consumer group, the FCC ordered that analog wireless phones must use any available transmission method and carrier to complete a 911 call. Now, wireless phone manufacturers are marketing compliant phones, although Motorola has been fined for not following the FCC's rules.

FCC requirements

Uninitialized Phones - Unintentional Calls

When the FCC issued its original rules on wireless 911, they required carriers to accept and pass along 911 calls from any wireless phone, even those who had not been subscribed with a carrier. This was intended to ensure that emergency calls would have a higher probability of being processed and then received at the PSAP. (example phone)

Since these so-called uninitialized phones have no number, they cannot be called back by a dispatcher. Calls from the phones will also not display a telephone number in Phase I or II implementations.

As well, the FCC didn't consider that manufacturers would program into the handset a one-button 911 calling feature, which has generated millions of unintentional, accidental calls by persons who don't use the keypad lock feature, and who place the phone in a purse, bag or back pocket. These calls take a long time to track down and handle.

Now, on-line companies are selling unsubscribed phones and promoting them for personal safety (for example). Non-profit and community groups are collecting wireless phones donated by the public, tweaking them to dial 911 only, and handing them out to victims of domestic violence, taxi drivers, mail carriers, crossing guards, community watch groups and others.

As well, in Sept. 2001 the FCC has asked for more comments on how to handle these phones, both technically and procedurally. In Dec. 2001 NENA wrote wireless carriers asking them to tackle the issue of unintentional calls. Then in Jan. 2002 NENA, APCO and NASNA formally asked the FCC to study the unintentional phone call issue. In March 2002 NENA posted a chart of the carriers' responses. In April 2002 the FCC issued an order requiring phone labeling, number standardization and public education. [press release, Acrobat, pdf format]

In Sept. 2002 the federal COPS program published a 58-page report on "Use and Mis-Use of 911." [Acrobat, pdf]

In Nov. 2003 the FCC changed the requirement to program NI phones with "123-456-7890," and switched to "911-xxx-xxxx." [Order, pdf]

In Nov. 2003 NENA published a formal document, "Guidelines for Minimum Response to Wireless 911 Calls.

Location Accuracy

The FCC initially established local accuracy rules for the wireless carriers, setting minimum standards for locating 911 callers in Phase II systems, both for handset-based wireless networks and tower-based networks. Basically, the original 2001 rules (pdf) required carriers to locate callers within 125 meters 67% of the time. More importantly, the FCC allowed the carriers to average the accuracy of wireless 911 calls across their entire service territory in order to judge if the company met the FCC's requirement.

Subsequent rules (pdf) improved accuracy to 100 meters (network-based) and 50 meters (handset-based), but retained the allowance to average the accuracy over the service territory.

In Sept. 2010 the FCC revised the accuracy rules after technology improvements and recommendations from public safety groups and associations. The rules become effective in Jan. 2011, and basically will over time move to a county-based accuracy reporting standard, with certain exclusions for forested areas, and taking into account rural areas with few cell sites. (Second Report and Order, pdf).

Other Issues

Thre are also several non-technical wireless 911 issues, including accidental dialings that create an increased workload for comm centers (must answer, monitor to determine if an emergency, tray to call back, etc.), public education on when to dial 911 when mobile and knowing your location, and the huge question of how to route wireless calls (to a centralized, state-wide location, to county centers or individual, local comm centers).

We should note that 911 itself--wired or wireless--has many issues to resolve, including funding, implementation, the continuing issue of PBX calls, how local number portability will affect 911, the increased number of phone companies (LECs and ALECs), the absence of even B911 in some areas, the use of other numbers to report highway emergencies, and data standards.

 




Wireless 911 & Telematics Information Resources
  • FCC collection of information related to Docket 94-102, which covers wireless E911, and the FCC's official E911 page.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation has a public safety project that includes wireless 911 issues.
  • The FCC has posted a page of violations of Phase II rules.
  • APCO has an excellent Web page full of links, PowerPoint presentations and other information on wireless E911, including their recent Project 38 initiative to help local agencies implement Phase I and II. [download a PowerPoint viewer here] 11-2000
  • The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) has several resources:
  • Cellular Telephone Industry Association's (CTIA) on their Request for Qualifying proposals on a Phase II solution, and their page on statistics on wireless 911 calls for the last few years.
  • The ComCare Alliance for their views and information on topics related to wireless 911, automatic crash notification and medical care.
  • TechnoCom, slide show explaining location technologies (TDOA, TOA, GPS, etc.) and coverage issues
  • Strategis Group forecast on telematics users using location commercial location services [Acrobat .pdf format slides, 57k]
  • TeleCommunication Systems, (TCS) Tendler Cellular (FoneFinder), OnStar, ATX Technologies, SignalSoft updated
  • Allen Telecom's Grayson Wireless division markets Geometrix, a TDOA/AOA network-based Phase II solution
  • Bell South has a page that explains the various technologies (TDOA, AOA, etc.) for location determination
  • Location technology developer TruePosition has a Web page describing their products and services
  • See our Briefing Book on wireless 911, and our Spider Web diagram of wireless locating technology
  • Cel-Loc, markets technology for implementing so-called "L-411" services [location information]
  • Wireless vendor list from Wireless Week Magazine
  • Location Interoperability Forum - group of companies that provide commercial location services
  • Nextel Web page on accidental calls to 911, and advice to their customers
  • NENA's Version 2 of a checklist on wireless 911 preparations for agencies, 4-pages in Acrobat (pdf) format
  • NENA report on Future 911 Models by their Technical Committee, in Acrobat (pdf) format, 132k 4-2000
  • President Clinton's orders "selective availability" turned off for the global positioning system (GPS) satellite system, citing Phase II as one of the reasons. 6-1-2000
  • Motorola, Nokia and and Ericsson form the Location Interoperability Forum (LIF) to study the issues. 10-2000
  • New quarterly magazine ("Near") devoted to wireless location issues--E911 and commercial.
  • Woman drowns near Miami (Fla.) after dialing 911 from wireless phone - NBC coverage 2-2001
  • MicroDataGIS - markets mapping products specifically for Phase II wireless E911 4-2001
  • The Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City) has issued an Request for Proposal (RFP) from vendors for Phase II hardware and software, which provides an excellent example of what these systems are all about. (Acrobat, pdf format 128k) 4-2001
  • Product description of wireless E911 by Lucent Technologies 5-2001
  • White paper on wireless E911 technology, by SCC Communications Corp. (pdf format, 47k) 5-2001
  • Grand Juction (Colo.) two-page information sheet for citizens using wireless phone to dial 911 (pdf format, 11k) 7-2001
  • Slide presentation from FCC appearance at 2001 NENA conference on status and future of wireless 911 7-2001
  • Bill in U.S. Senate to guarantee location privacy in Phase II systems [search on S. 1164] 7-2001
  • CTIA letter to APCO-NENA on Phase II cooperation, joint APCO-NENA-NASNA response back 7-2001
  • State of Illinois Web site, sample contracts, checklist, under review law 7-2001
  • NENA provided a sample letter to the FCC, asking the commission not to issue additional Phase II waivers. 7-31-2001
  • How many calls will really benefit from Phase II features? We have the answer in this chart!
  • APCO-NENA-NASNA passed a resolution calling for public safety agencies to purchase PBX gear that provides ALI data, and to contract only with wireless carriers who are Phase II compliant. 8-30-2001
  • Using location technology to locate survivors at the World Trade Center terrorist attack 9-25-2001
  • White paper by Rosum Corp. on their technique of using digital TV (DTV) signals to provide Phase II locating 9-26-2001
  • Comparison chart -- original FCC milestones and new waiver deadlines granted by FCC to five major carriers (Acrobat version) 10-17-2001
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between county and AT&T for Phase I service [Acrobat pdf] 10-22-2001
  • First wireless E911 system in the United States, St. Clair County (Ill.) 10-25-2001
  • Poll of wireless phone users on their top uses--including Phase II features 11-6-201
  • FCC appointed Dale Hatfield as expert to lead an inquiry into technical and operational issues affecting deployment of wireless enhanced E911 services. [Acrobat, pdf format] [text] 11-21-2001
  • NENA posted information about their Phase II certification program in association with RCC Consultants 12-5-2001
  • NENA writes wireless carriers asking help on reducing accidental 911 calls from handsets. 12-20-2001
  • Wireless carriers require substantial documentation of a PSAP's readiness to accept Phase I/II data. Here's an example carrier letter asking for documentation. 1-6-2002
  • NENA, APCO and NASNA formally request the FCC to study the unintentional wireless 911 phone call issue.1-9-2002
  • Presentation to California NENA conference on state's wireless E911 status [Acrobat, pdf format, 154k] 1-31-2002
  • Diagram of basic wireless E911 system, from California NENA presentation 1-31-2002
  • NENA and U.S. Department of Transportation kick off Phase II data gathering project 2-6-2002
  • APCO posts Powerpoint presentations given at Jan. 24-25 Wireless Forum in Dallas. 2-9-2002
  • NENA has posted a list of Phase II "tragedies" that detail incidents where location information would have helped a dispatcher 2-21-2002
  • APCO posts a report on its Project LOCATE that focuses on Phase II [Acrobat, pdf, format] 3-1-2002
  • NENA posts a draft of model wireless E911 legislation 3-11-2002
  • This long article from "GPS World" magazine discusses the development and deployment of Phase II. 4-10-2002
  • Indiana has established a "911 Coverage" Web site that includes a map of county-by-county wireless carrier Phase I coverage. 5-23-2002
  • Cnet.com article on how wireless carriers may need more time to meet Phase II milestones. 5-28-2002
  • Verizon announces second Phase II-capable phone for use in their Lucent switch regions. 5-28-2002
  • FCC listing of Phase II-related actions (searches the FCC's database for all documents)
  • Procedures for handling disconnected Phase I/II calls, created by the Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City, Kan.) [Acrobat, pdf format, 36k] 6-26-2002
  • List from NENA of per-call wireless fees being considered by various telephone companies. [Acrobat, pdf version] 8-11-2002
  • APCO formed a non-profit foundation, the Public Safety Foundation of America, to accept donations and distribute grants to local PSAPs to help them implement Phase II services. 9-20-2002
  • North Carolina's 911 Board has posted sample Phase I/II request letters. 10-30-2002
  • NENA/APCO/NASNA write a letter to FCC outlining harassing phone calls being made on uninitialized wireless phones. 11-1-2002
  • NENA/APCO/NASNA submit comments on Dale Hatfield's Phase II report. 11-18-2002
  • Listing of quarterly Phase II progress reports at the FCC's Web site. 11-21-2002
  • New York Rep. Anthony Weiner prepared a report outlining 911 problems in New York City. 1-28-2003
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation's E911 Steering Council issued various documents (in Acrobat, pdf format): [letter to Sec. Mineta / letter of Intent / Priority Action Plan / summary of Action Plan with Timeline] 5-22-2003
  • NENA posted its "Guidelines for Minimum Response to Wireless 911 Calls. 8-7-2003
  • The federal General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a 42-page report on the slow implementation of Phase I/II. [Acrobat, pdf] 11-12-2003
  • "Directions" magazine reviews the Sept. 2004 state of Phase II implementation carrier-by-carrier. 9-23-2004
  • ComCare Alliance update report on Phase II implementation. [Acrobat] 9-23-2004
  • ComCare Alliance report on non-requested and non-deployed Phase II. [Acrobat] 9-23-2004
  • The Cellular Telephone and Information Association (CTIA) has a page devoted to wireless E911 issues.
  • Project LOCATE resource library
  • OnStar's explanation of automatic crash notification
  • E9-1-1 Institute's presentation on accuracy rule changes [pdf]
  • APCO's "Project Locate' has issued best practices for deployment and management of wireless 911 systems [pdf] Feb '08
  • State of California report on "buffer routing" method to off-load wireless 911 from CHP [pdf] Mar 08

FCC Wireless 911 Actions

  • NPRM, Revision of the Commission's rules to ensure compatibility with enhanced 911 systems 94-102 1/95
  • News release on release of the Report & Order, 94-102, carriers to provide ANI/ALI and location by certain dates 6/96
  • Request for additional comments, wireless enhanced 911, 94-102 10/97
  • Revision of ruling on wireless 911, 97-402 12/97
  • News release order requiring carriers to forward all wireless 911 calls 12/97
  • News release on NPRM to implement Section 255 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act related to disability access. 4/98
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Ways to Improve Telecommunications Relay Services, Extend Services to More People With Disabilities, 98-67 [news release] [.pdf version] 5-20-98
  • Votes 5-0 to require telecom companies to provide location information for wireless phone calls [press release, Kennard statement, CTIA response, TIA page, Center for Democracy & Technology page] 10/23/1998
  • Clarification on waivers for Phase II wireless E911 call handling [Order] 1-24-1998
  • Rules on "strongest signal" issue for 911 calls [press release] 5-13-1999
  • Will maintain temporary waivers for wireless carriers who could not meet the FCC's 10-1-1997 deadline to provide TTY 911 service on digital wireless devices. [no Web citation] 5-17-1999
  • Requests comments on certain requirements to provide locating for wireless 911 callers [Order] 6-1-1999
  • Decides "strongest signal" issue for wireless 911 calls [2nd Report & Order] 6-9-1999
  • Holds roundtable on technical issues related to wireless ALI [notice] 6-28-1999
  • Revises timetable for handset and GPS-based location technologies, re-states accuracy requirements for wireless 911 [press release] [PDF 357k] [text 127k] [TIA reaction]10-13-1999
  • Requests comments on proposal by Nokia for handling wireless 911 calls under "strongest signal" rule [text] [.pdf version] 11-12-1999
  • FCC takes several additional actions to remove barriers to implementation of wireless 911, including cost recovery [press release] [full text] 11-18-1999
  • Strategis Group says vehicles with telematics--those will location gear--will increase 14 times between 2000 and 2004.
  • SCC Communications Corp., info packet for government officials about wireless 911 systems [Acrobat pdf format, 660k]12-24-1999
  • Motorola request for waiver on call completion method, and FCC's request for comments on it [Acrobat pdf format] [text version] 3-24-2000
  • Rural Cellular Association requests FCC stay its previously-issued cost recovery rules [letter] 4-21-2000
  • APCO announces formal Project 38 to help local agencies implement Phase II features 8-14-2000
  • FCC issues revised deadlines and other requirements for Phase II wireless 911. [previous deadlines] 8-29-2000
  • Wireless carriers submit their choice of technology to meet the FCC's Phase II requirements 11-9-2000
  • APCO establishes formal Project 38 to assist local agencies in implementing Phase II [Project goals] 12-19-2000
  • Denied petition from FocusSystems to reconsider wireless E911 deadlines [text] 2-20-2001
  • Requests comments on request for Phase II waivers by AT&T Wireless [press release] [petition in pdf format 1 Mb] 4-4-2001
  • Requests comments on request for Phase II waiver by Carolina PCS I [petition in pdf format] 4-23-2001
  • Issues clarification letter on Phase I cost recovery, in response to May 2000 inquiry from King County (Wash.) [pdf format] [Word format] 5-10-2001
  • Denies confidentiality for materials that AT&T Wireless submitted in Phase II waiver request [pdf format] [Word format] 5-11-2001
  • Requested additional information from Nextel in support of Phase II waiver request [pdf format] [Word format] 5-11-2001
  • Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further examine the issue of non-service-initialized mobile wireless phones (noninitialized phones) used to make 911 calls and whether such phones should provide for call back by PSAPs. [pdf format] [Word format] 5-24-2001
  • Cincinnati Bell Wireless asks for Phase II waiver in joint wireless venture it has with AT&T Wireless, which also requested waiver. [text] 6-8-2001
  • House sub-committee hearing on progress towards Phase II wireless E911 6-14-2001
  • CTIA writes letter to APCO, NENA & NASNA; the associations reply; and CTIA replies back 8-2000
  • FCC's list of Phase II waiver requests filed by wireless carriers [direct link to FCC site] 8-20-2001 exclusive!
  • AT&T files petition to change their Phase II technology selection from handset-based to network-based 9-26-2001
  • Clarified what constitutes a PSAP's "valid request" for Phase II service to wireless carriers--the Richardson (Tex.) decision [Acrobat] 10-2-2001
  • FCC allows extension of time for five major carriers to meet Phase II wireless E911 locating requirements. Also check this summary of waiver actions. 10-5-2001
  • FCC sets Nov. 30, 2001 deadline for small/medium wireless carriers to submit Phase II waiver requests [Acrobat] 10-15-2001
  • FCC provides additional filing guidance for small/medium carriers (see above) [Acrobat] 10-22-2001
  • FCC posts information page on how to file complaint on carrier non-compliance with Phase I/II rules 11-7-2001
  • NENA announces it will establish national recommendation of `best choices' for ALI content and organization for wireless applications. 11-16-2001
  • Verizon, Cingular and Nextel file Petitions for Reconsideration, objecting to certain provisions of their Phase II waiver grants of 10-5-200 [Acrobat, pdf format]1 11-20-2001
  • Asks for comment on Petition for Reconsideration from Sprint PCS on earlier ruling of "formal request" for Phase II service [Acrobat] 12-12-2001
  • National carriers have filed their first required Phase II progress reports with the FCC 2-1-2002
  • FCC releases details on technical inquiry to be made by Dale Hatfield into Phase II matters. [pdf ] [text] 3-5-2001
  • FCC issues Order on uninitialized phones, requiring standardized phone number, labels and public education. [Order, Commissioner statement, Acrobat, pdf format] 4-29-2002
  • FCC and Cingular reach agreement on Consent Decree over alleged Phase II rule violations. [press release] [clarification issued in 5-2003] 5-9-2002
  • FCC proposes to fine AT&T Wireless for alleged Phase II rules violations. [pdf ] 5-20-2002
  • FCC and AT&T Wireless reach first agreement over alleged Phase II rule violations. [pdf ] 6-21-2002
  • FCC grants Phase II deadline waivers "reluctantly" to certain non-national, second-tier wireless carriers. 7-26-2002 [pdf ]
  • FCC asks for comment on petition for reconsideration over wireless 911-TTY deadlines. [pdf ] 7-27-2002
  • FCC and AT&T Wireless reach second agreement over alleged Phase II rule violation. [press release, Acrobat, pdf format] [full agreement, text format]10-10-2002
  • Cingular files report with FCC hinting that it will drop E-OTD Phase II solution. [pdf ] 10-14-2002
  • FCC releases Dale Hatfield's report on progress of wireless E911, and his recommendations. [pdf] 10-15-2002
  • FCC requests comment on Dale Hatfield's report on wireless E911 progress. [pdf , 607k] 10-16-2002
  • FCC asks for comment on AT&T Wireless's proposed alternate method of completing 911 calls. [pdf ] 10-22-2002
  • FCC clarifies that it's rule requiring carriers to transmit 911 calls from uninitialized phones does not preclude them shutting off such phones that are subject to a local law enforcement investigation for abusive or repeated non-emergency calls. [Notice, pdf] [letter from Commission Martin] 10-31-2002
  • In Ohio, Ameritech files with PUC for Phase II PSAP per-call charges - Ohio APCO site 11-13-2002
  • FCC Clarifiies the so-called "Richardson (Tex.) Decision" on what constitutes a "valid request" for Phase II wireless E911 service. [Acrobat, pdf format] 11-26-2000
  • Issues report on unintentional wireless 911 calls, including Consumer Alert educational materials. [press release, Acrobat, pdf format] [full report, pdf, 130k] [Consumer Alert] 12-12-2002
  • Grants T-Mobile's amended request for a limited modification of it E911 Phase II implementation plan. [Acrobat, pdf format] 12-16-2002
  • Dismsses a Cingular Request for Reconsideration on a previous Phase II waiver request, for its GSM network using E-OTD, since Cingular the issue is now moot (Cingular notified the FCC they're dropping E-OTD technology). [Acrobat, pdf format] 12-16-2002
  • FCC Asks for comments on petition from Tier III wireless carriers asking for "forebearance" on Phase II accurcy requirements in rural areas. [press release, Acrobat, pdf format] 12-17-2002
  • FCC Asks for comments on OnStar request for declaratory ruling on whether the company's embedded telematics units are "handsets" as defined in the FCC's rules. [pdf format] [OnStar's Petition, pdf] 12-23-2002
  • FCC asks for comment on Spring request to extend its "100% locaiton-capable" waiver by six months, to March 31, 2003. [ pdf format] 1-6-2003
  • FCC and Motorola reach consent decree on the company's violation of rules related to processing wireless 911 calls. [ pdf] 2-21-2003
  • FCC approves new method for completing 911 calls, specifically a Motorola method involving interrupted customer 911 calls. [ pdf] 2-21-2003
  • FCC proposes to fine T-Mobile $1.25 million for 450 violations of rules on Phase I installation. [press release, full Notice, Acrobat, pdf format] 3-5-2003
  • Announces launch of Enhanced 911 (E911) Coordination Initiative, "bringing together relevant stakeholders to share experiences and devise strategies for expediting (Phase I/II) E911 deployment," with first meeting April 29th. [press release, first meeting notice, Acrobat, pdf format] 3-5 and 5-1-2003
  • The U.S. Senate's subcommittee on Communications held hearings on wireless E911, attended by several public safety communications officials. 3-5-2003
  • FCC enters into Consent Decree with handset manufacturer Nokia over 911 call processing methods. [Acrobat, pdf ] 6-4-2003
  • FCC standardizes the periodic reports that wireless carriers are required to submit. [Acrobat, pdf format] [Excel, .xls ] 6-6-2003
  • FCC reaches consent decree with Cingular over allegations of Phase II deadline violations. [Acrobat, pdf ] 6-13-2003
  • NENA files a petition with the FCC, asking them to initiate a rulemaking on the issue of subscriber privacy vs. the need of PSAPs to obtain subscriber information while handling 911 calls. [pdf ] 6-25-2003
  • FCC reaches consent decree with T-Mobile over allegations of missing a Phase II deadline on the company's GSM system. [pdf ] 7-17-2003
  • FCC denies a petition for reconsideration of the Order for Reconsideration (?!) on wireless E911 funding--the original "Richardson Decision." [pdf] 12-12-2003
  • NENA publishes documents on best practices for wireless E911, and on handling silent and hang-up calls. 1-15-2004
  • FCC issues small carrier Phase II rules. [pdf] 4-4-2005
  • On behalf of several carriers, the CTIA asks the FCC for a waiver for the Dec. 31, 2005 Phase II deadline. [pdf] 6-30-2005
  • Sprint/Nextel requests limited waiver for Dec. 31, 2005 Phaes II deadline. 9-30-2005
  • Alltel request waiver of Dec. 31st deadline until June, 2007. [pdf] 10-8-2005
  • FCC grants Phase II waivers for seven small, Tier III carriers until Oct. 28, 2006 for handset-based solution. [pdf] 10-31-2005
  • FCC grants Southern LINC a waiver for 95% handset use. [pdf] 11-8-2005
  • Quest Wireless LLC requests extension of 95% penetration deadline. [pdf] 11-18-2005
  • FCC proposes changes to Phase II accuracy reporting, generally increasing the required accuracy by carriers [pdf]
  • Summary of California's project to route wireless E911 calls to local agencies (pdf)

[back to main 911 Page]