Items tagged "E911"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes C-Band Auction Bill to Fund Closing Digital Divide

January 29, 2020 5G , C-band , Digital Divide , E911 , internet inequality , next-gen wireless , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction

Yesterday, Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the “The Spectrum Management And Reallocation for Taxpayers (or SMART) Act” to create a public auction for C-Band spectrum and use the revenue to provide funding for rural broadband and next-generation 911 services. Public Knowledge welcomes this bipartisan effort to help close the widening digital […]

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Enhance 911 Location Accuracy While Protecting Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , E911 , FCC , geolocation , Z-axis

This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would vote on a Fifth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to adopt a vertical, or “Z-axis,” metric to enhance location accuracy for wireless E911 calls. This feature would make it easier for First Responders to locate all Americans who call for help — no matter where they are

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Addressing Consumer Privacy in E911 FNPRM

March 15, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , E911 , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to adopt a vertical, or “Z-axis,” metric to enhance location accuracy for wireless E911 calls. The vote follows a recent Motherboard investigation into carriers selling or giving away this information to third parties. Public Knowledge recently filed an ex parte arguing for amending the FNPRM to address this oversight and applauds Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for taking consumer privacy concerns seriously.

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Public Knowledge Supports FCC Actions to Protect Consumers in Tech Transitions

August 6, 2015 E911 , FCC , Five Fundamentals , Tech Transitions

Today the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve initial steps towards protecting consumers during the tech transitions.

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FCC Puts Consumers First in Tech Transitions

November 21, 2014 E911 , FCC , IP Transition

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.

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Public Knowledge Submits 911 Petition to FCC to Ensure Help Arrives

November 18, 2014 E911 , FCC

Today, Public Knowledge submitted a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to implement its proposed rules to ensure 911 dispatchers can locate callers, including those using cell phones indoors. The petition has more than 1,000 signatures and follows disturbing reports of wireless carriers failing to pinpoint 911 caller locations. Public Knowledge contends that the FCC must ensure that help will arrive during emergencies no matter how people call 911 — or where they call from.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Investigating 911 Service Outage

October 17, 2014 E911 , FCC , IP Transition

Today, the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau presented a report to the Commission regarding recent outages in 911 service. The report focused on the April 2014 outage in which 11 million people in 7 states lost access to 911 service for 6 hours.

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Public Knowledge Petitions FCC to Increase 911 Location Accuracy

September 30, 2014 E911 , FCC , Public Safety , Wireless

Today, Public Knowledge launched a petition to support the FCC’s proposal to strengthen its location accuracy requirements for wireless calls to 911.

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Will the FCC Keep Ignoring Carriers That Sell Your GPS Data?

March 13, 2019 Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , E911 , FCC , Privacy

Over the last three months, Motherboard’s Joseph Cox has produced an excellent series of articles on how the major mobile carriers have sold sensitive geolocation data to bounty hunters and others, including highly precise information designed for use with “Enhanced 911” (E911). As we pointed out last month when this news came to light, turning over this E911 data (called assisted GPS or A-GPS), exposing E911 data to third parties — whether by accident or intentionally, or using it in any way except for 911 or other purposes required by law violates the rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted in 2015 to protect E911 data.

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Telecom Giants Broke the Law By Selling Detailed Location Data. Will They Face Consequences?

February 8, 2019 Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , E911 , FCC , Privacy

More details have emerged from the Motherboard investigation into carriers selling their customers’ real-time location data, including assisted GPS (“A-GPS”) data intended only for emergency services. The reports are shocking and illustrate both a brazen disregard for consumer privacy on the part of the companies involved and the disturbing, unregulated behavior of the data brokerage industry. The Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, needs to act immediately to enforce what appears to be a clear violation of the FCC’s rules against the selling of A-GPS data with third parties. In addition, Congress must pass comprehensive privacy legislation that forces the data broker industry out of the shadows and stops the persistent misuse of data at the expense of consumer privacy.

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