Items tagged "E911"

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Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld to Testify Before Senate Commerce on Building Resilient Networks

June 22, 2021 E911 , Network Reliability

Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband this Tuesday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Action To Save Lives by Enhancing 911 Service Outage Notifications

April 22, 2021 911 outages , E911 , FCC , Public Safety

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the framework for reporting network disruptions that affect 911 service. This action should ensure that both call centers and consumers receive timely and useful notifications of 911 service disruptions. Public Knowledge supports the proposed rules to help save lives during 911 outages.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Commissioner Rosenworcel as FCC Acting Chair to Protect Consumers

January 21, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , consumer protections , E-Rate , E911 , FCC , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Save Broadband Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a strong advocate for broadband affordability, student access through the E-Rate program to in-home broadband connectivity, and generally a more consumer-focused FCC. Public Knowledge commends Commissioner Rosenworcel for her work in championing the public interest.

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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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