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PSHSB Extends E911 Reply Comment Deadline to July 14, 2014

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Released: June 4, 2014
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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-773

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of

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Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements

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PS Docket No. 07-114

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ORDER

Extended Reply Comment Date:

July 14, 2014

Adopted: June 4, 2014

Released:

June 4, 2014

By the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:

1.

On February 20, 2014, the Commission adopted a Third Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking (Third Further Notice) in this docket, seeking comment on proposed

wireless E911 location accuracy requirements.1

The Third Further Notice set deadlines for filing

comments and reply comments of May 12, 2014 and June 11, 2014, respectively.

2.

On May 29, 2014, CTIA – The Wireless Association (CTIA) filed a request to

extend the reply comment deadline an additional 30 days, until July 14, 2014.2

CTIA states that

an extension of time is warranted due to the complex issues presented by the Third Further Notice

and the large number of initial comments filed in this docket.3

The National Emergency Number

Association,4 Competitive Carrier Association,5 and Texas 911 Entities6 filed letters in support of

CTIA’s request.

3.

We grant the request for an extension of time. As set forth in Section 1.46 of the

Commission’s rules,7 the Commission’s policy is that extensions of time for filing comments in

rulemaking proceedings shall not be routinely granted. In this case, however, an extension of the

reply comment period is warranted for the reasons identified by CTIA. Specifically, we find that

extension of the reply comment deadline to July 14, 2014 is warranted to provide commenters

1 See Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements, Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, PS Docket No.

07-114, 29 FCC Rcd 2374 (2014) (Third Further Notice).

2 See CTIA, Motion for Extension of Time, PS Docket No. 07-114 (filed May 29, 2014).

3 Id. CTIA notes that over 300 parties filed initial comments and that more than 40 of these comments “were

substantive in nature and many raised complex issues regarding the technical feasibility of the rules and discussed

various location technologies.”

4 Letter from Trey Forgety, III, Director of Government Affairs, NENA, to Marlene Dortch, Secretary, FCC, PS

Docket No. 07-114 (filed June 2, 2014).

5 Letter from Rebecca Murphy Johnson, General Counsel, Competitive Carrier Association, to Marlene Dortch,

Secretary, FCC, PS Docket No. 07-114 (filed June 3, 2014).

6 Letter from Michael J. Tomsu, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP, on behalf of Texas 9-1-1 Alliance, to Marlene

Dortch, Secretary, FCC, PS Docket No. 07-114 (filed June 3, 2014).

7 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.

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Federal Communications Commission

DA 14-773

with sufficient time to prepare reply comments that fully respond to the complex technical,

economic, and policy issues raised in the Third Further Notice and comments filed thereafter.

4.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the

Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 154(i), and Sections 0.191, 0.392, and

1.46 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.191, 0.392, and 1.46, the Motion for Extension

of Time filed by CTIA IS GRANTED, and the deadline to file reply comments in this

proceeding is extended to July 14, 2014.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

David G. Simpson

Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)

Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

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