Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve rules to ensure 911 operators are given the location of 911 callers who are using cell phones indoors. The order requires the carriers to submit a security and privacy plan to protect the device location information that would be collected under the rules.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued an order partially granting and denying Public Knowledge and the National Consumer Law Center’s challenge to AT&T’s confidentiality claims over the timelines of its proposed network transition trials and certain network information.
Today is a step forward for the 303 million people residing the in U.S. who depend on some kind of phone service for their personal, business, and emergency communications. This morning the Federal Communication Commission voted to move forward on two proposals that examine the future of the phone network and 911 emergency services. This vote builds on the FCC’s bipartisan, unanimous consensus around core network values that include public safety, universal access, competition, and consumer protection.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve two items to protect consumers and encourage technology transitions in the phone network. In one item, the FCC proposed rules to establish how the agency will evaluate carriers’ proposals to transition their networks to new technologies. In the second item, the FCC proposed rules to ensure reliability and accountability in 911 service in response to frequent interstate 911 outages due to technology transitions. Public Knowledge joins the Benton Foundation and the National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients, in commending the FCC for using its authority to put consumers first in technology transitions.
Today, Public Knowledge released a study conducted by John Horrigan, an independent researcher, to determine what value consumers place on their traditional phone networks as the nation experiences technology transitions from copper to wireless lines. The report follows two IP transition proposals currently circulating at the FCC and details consumer responses to the threat of losing their existing copper technology.