action by the FCC is a major step toward ensuring that everyone who dials 9-1-1
can be located quickly and accurately, according to NENA: The 9-1-1 Association.
40% of U.S. households use wireless phones only, and millions of Americans live
and work in large buildings and complexes, factors that may make it difficult
to pinpoint locations automatically.
proposing rules to improve automatic location of those dialing 9-1-1 from
indoors locationsand multi-level buildings, the FCC is taking a big step
in helping the public,” said Bernard "Buster” Brown, President of NENA, and an active 9-1-1 professional from Danville,
"NENA recognizes that this
important and potentially life-saving effort will require significant efforts
by wireless telecommunication providers, location technology providers, and
9-1-1 professionals,” Brown said. "With more than 70% of 240 million
annual calls to 9-1-1 coming from wireless devices, it is imperative that we
work cooperatively to provide the most effective location capabilities to find
people quickly in their moment of need.”