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PETER T. KING

COMMITTEE ON HOMELA N D SECURITY

Member of Congress

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Second District, New York

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The Honorable Thomas E. Wheeler

Chairman

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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

Federal

Communications

Commission

(FCC)

on

"Wireless

E911

Location

Accuracy

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

level

of public safety

is of upmost importance -

and

that requires

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

remedying this

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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area

and

specifically

asking

the

Commission

"to

consider

regulations

that

reqmre

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

cc:

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner Ajit Pai

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly

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