Comment Date: February 14, 2020
Reply Comment Date: March 16, 2020
On December 16, 2019, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which it proposed to establish a new 3-digit dialing code, 988, for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.
The NPRM proposes that calls made to 988 would be directed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of 163 crisis centers. Currently, the Lifeline is available by calling 1-800-273-TALK and through online chats.
On January 15, 2020, the Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC released a public notice announcing the comment dates for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference WC Docket No. 18-336. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
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For more information about the proposed national suicide prevention 3-digit dialing code, please contact Michelle Sclater, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-0388 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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). TTY users may call the FCC’s TTY number at (888) 835-5322.