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Released: June 13, 2014
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS

COM MIS SION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

May 29,2014

THE CHAIRMAN

Honorable Peter T. King

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

339 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman King:

Thank you for your letter conveying your strong support for the recent proposed changes

to the Commission's rules governing wireless E911 location accuracy.

I wholeheartedly agree that ensuring the highest level of public safety is of utmost

importance. The Commission must preserve certain core values even as technology advances

and consumers' use of that technology evolves. Nowhere is that imperative more clear than in

the arena of public safety.

Our E911 location accuracy rules were written when wireless phones were a secondary

means of communication, and were mostly used outside. As you so aptly note, however, today,

more and more consumers use wireless phones as their primary means of communication, and

9-1-1-calls are increasingly being made from wireless phones while indoors. Our rules need to

reflect these new realities.

The proposals we sought comment on in February take the next

steps to ensure that our rules continue to evolve along with technology and changing consumer

habits.

Thank you again for your support and being a leading advocate on this critical issue.

Your longstanding record of supporting law enforcement professionals and first responders is to

be commended.

I look forward to working with you and your staff in the future on these and other

important public safety issues.

Tom Wheeler

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