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Comments due: August 9, 2023
Reply comments due: September 8, 2023

On July 10, 2023, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing due dates for filing comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing requirements for the delivery of Next Generation 911 (NG911) calls.

 The NPRM, which the FCC adopted on June 8, 2023, proposes rules to advance the nationwide transition to NG911.  Unlike the current 911 system, NG911 uses Internet Protocol (IP)-based format and routing, and will support the transmission of text, photos, videos, and data.

In the NPRM, the FCC proposes rules that would require wireline, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) providers to deliver 911 calls, including associated location information, in the requested IP-based format, to the designated public safety answering point (PSAP) when notified that the PSAP is ready to receive NG911 calls.  The FCC also proposes rules that would require wireline, wireless, interconnected VoIP, and Internet-based TRS providers to transmit all 911 calls to point(s) designated by a 911 authority.  Under the proposed rules, these providers also would be presumptively responsible for the costs of delivering 911 calls to the point(s) designated.  However, states and localities would remain free to establish alternative cost allocation arrangements with these providers.

Link to the Public Notice:

URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/pshsb-announces-comment-dates-next-generation-911-nprm  

Link to the NPRM:

URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-action-expedite-transition-next-generation-911-0  

Additional information on 911 services is available at: https://www.fcc.gov/general/9-1-1-and-e9-1-1-services .  For further information on this proceeding, contact Rachel Wehr at Rachel.Wehr@fcc.gov  or 202-418-1138, or Brenda Boykin at Brenda.Boykin@fcc.gov  or 202-418- 2062, of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Wednesday, July 12, 2023