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The FCC has announced a tentative agenda for the August Open Commission Meeting scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, August 1, 2019.  As a part of the agenda, the FCC will consider a Report and Order that would address calls to 911 made from multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) that commonly serve hotels and office buildings, pursuant to Kari’s Law.  The Report and Order would also address sending dispatchable location information with 911 calls, and consolidating the FCC’s 911 rules.

What the Report and Order would do:

  • Enable the public to dial 911 from MLTS directly, without having to dial additional numbers, such as a “9,” to reach an outside line. 
  • Require MLTS to send a notification to a location where someone is likely to hear or see it when a 911 call has been made. 
  • Establish dispatchable location information requirements for 911 calls from MLTS, fixed telephone services, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, mobile text and Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).  Dispatchable location information refers to the street address of the calling party, as well as information such as room number, floor number, or similar information necessary to adequately identify the location of the calling party.   
  • Consolidates the Commission’s 911 rules.

August 1 Meeting News Release:
URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-tentative-agenda-august-open-meeting-5
Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358431A1.docx
PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358431A1.pdf
Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358431A1.txt

Public Draft of the 911 Report and Order:
PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-358435A1.pdf

The meeting will be held in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Internet with open captioning at https://www.fcc.gov/general/live.  Visit this webpage for more information:  https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2019/08/august-2019-open-commission-meeting.   

Reasonable Accommodations:  Open captioning and on-site sign language interpreting services will be provided for this event.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request, such as tactile interpreting services.  Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e‐mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or by calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).  Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed.  In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if we need more information.  Please allow as much advance notice as possible; last‐minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill.

General information about 911 services is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/9-1-1-and-e9-1-1-services.  For more information, please contact John Evanoff, Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-0848 or John.Evanoff@fcc.gov.  Individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432‐2275 (videophone).  TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.

Updated: 
Friday, September 6, 2019