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Vertical location testing: A recap of Stage Z

More than two-third of 911 calls come from wireless devices, which are not associated with a specific location in the way that landline phone lines are. Since 2014, the Federal Communications Commission has been in the process of laying out rules to increase the...

Where do 911 fees go? Key statistics from the FCC’s annual 911 fee report (Part 2)

Each year for the past 12 years, the Federal Communications Commission has gathered information from states and territories about their 911 fee collection, distribution and general operations and put it together in a report to Congress. Usually published in early December of each year,...

#TBT: Roam if you want to; Welcome to the Digital Age; e911 ramps up … this week in 1998

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Words to live...

#TBT: The glorious PDA future; Sprint’s early surge; CDMA by any other name … this week in 1996

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! The glorious future,...

Solving the e911 problem: Locating emergency callers accurately (Reader Forum)

Nearly 80 percent of all 911 calls originate from a wireless device. This is not surprising, given that over half of households in the U.S. have given up landline phones and rely solely on wireless devices. This is a rapid increase from 15 percent...

FCC Commissioner pushes next-gen 911

Federal regulators have fined operators $40M for outages in last four months WASHINGTON – Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is not happy with the progress toward deploying America’s next-generation 911 system. In a speech to the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials conference last...

FCC’s text-to-911 program expanding

911 outage drew a $17.4M fine for operators responsible WASHINGTON – Following the steepest fines ever levied for 911 outages, federal regulators are taking steps to expand the database of public safety operators equipped to handle text-to-911. The Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice on...

911 outage draws $17.4M fine from FCC

FCC: Domestic violence, overdose among failed calls WASHINGTON – Imagine a loved one seizing up with a heart attack or waking up in the middle of the night from the sound of an intruder in your home. Most people would likely reach for their phone to...

Reality Check: Debunking 911 myths

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column where C-level executives and advisory firms from across the mobile industry share unique insights and experiences. Our current 911 system was designed in the 1950s and early 60s for landline phones. Today, 40% of households are...

Policy: FCC reiterates jammer ban; extends E911 comment period

The Federal Communications Commission this week reiterated its prohibition on the use of so-called cellphone jammers, including by state and local government and law enforcement agencies. “Jammers do not just weed out noisy or annoying conversations and disable unwanted GPS tracking,” the FCC noted. “Jammers...

Policy: FCC adopts E911 text messaging mandate

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to support E911 text messaging, a move that builds on previous commitments from the nation’s four largest wireless providers. Carriers had initially agreed to support such services in late 2012. The adopted rules will require...

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