• FCC Draft 911 NPRM
  • September 14, 2018 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the Commission released a DRAFT Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act, both of which were enacted earlier this year. Kari’s Law requires Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTS) to enable users to dial 911 directly, without having to dial one or more initial digits, such as “9 + 9 1 1,” to reach an outside line. The NPRM proposes rules to clarify the statutory requirement. A provision of RAY BAUM’S Act requires the Commission to consider adopting rules to ensure that when a user calls 911, a “dispatchable location” is conveyed, regardless of the technology. The NPRM proposes to apply dispatchable location requirements to MLTS, fixed telephone service, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, and Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). The NPRM seeks comment on whether the rules should be applied to other 911-capable services. Finally, the NPRM proposes to consolidate all 911 rules into a single rule part.