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NENA Applauds FCC Action on Wireless Location Accuracy

Thursday, February 20, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Nussman
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Today’s 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.

Nearly 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.

"By 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, Virginia.

"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.”