FCC announces plan for new direct-to-911, location-sharing rules

September 27, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission took a small step on Wednesday toward making it easier both for people to be connected directly with emergency services and for first responders to locate 911 callers faster.

The FCC published its proposed rules showing how the agency plans to implement two new laws, the first being Kari’s Law, which requires facilities operating multi-line telephone systems, or MLTS, to enable direct access to a 911 operator without the need first to dial a number to reach an outside line. The second is a requirement of RAY BAUM’S Act, which requires the FCC to ensure a 911 caller’s “dispatchable location” is conveyed with every call, “regardless of the technological platform used.”

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