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The Honorable Thomas E. Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 Twelfth Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Dear Chairman Wheeler,
I would like to convey my strong support for the proposed rule recently released by the
Requirements." It is vital that we give law enforcement and first responders the tools they need
to keep our communities safe -
and improving 9-1-1 location accuracy can help save lives, stop
crimes, and improve response times.
As you know, the majority of 9-1-1 calls come from
wireless phones, and we must adapt to ensure Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) have the
ability to accurately identify the location of a caller regardless of whether the caller is indoors,
outdoors, and/or in a multi-level, multi-unit building.
As Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and
Intelligence and as Co-Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, ensuring the highest
of public safety
is of upmost importance -
keeping pace with
teclmological advances and adapting to the fact that 9-1-1 calls are increasingly being made from
wireless phones. The lack of location data for indoor cellular callers is a gap in public safety that
must be remedied.
This proposed rule requiring wireless carriers to collect and share indoor
cellular location data with law enforcement makes important progress in
shortfall. If implemented, the FCC's proposed rule would give first responders an important tool
to assist them in locating 9-1-1 callers who, uhder the current system, oftentimes catmot be
located or assisted in a timely manner (if at all) because they placed their 9-1-1 call on a cellular
phone while indoors.
The Police Chiefs of four New York jurisdictions -
Nassau County, Suffolk County, New
York City and Buffalo -
joined with Chiefs representing the 63 largest jurisdictions in the Nation
in writing to your predecessor, Chairman Julius Genachowski, in May 2013 urging action in this
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telecommunications providers to provide indoor cellular location data to law enforcement, just
like caller data provided for wired phones."
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
also weighed-in on this matter in a letter to Acting Chaitwoman Clyburn, noting the importance
of capturing location data for all call types "regardless of the user device location."
The International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire
Fighters and the National Volunteer Fire Council have passed a joint resolution emphasizing that
"the deployment of effective indoor location technology is imp01tant for fire service, emergency
medical services and public safety in general."
Thank you for listening to the input of our first responders on this issue -they are on the
front lines and need the best teclmology possible to ensure the security and safety of our citizens.
I want to commend the FCC for its efforts to address problems with our antiquated 9-1-1
emergency response network. If you have any questions or have updates regarding this proposed
rule, please contact Erin Ingraham of my staff at 202-225-7896.
Member of Congress
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Commissioner Ajit Pai
Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
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