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Facilitating the Deployment of Text-to-911 and Other Next Generation 911 Applications; Framework for Next Generation 911 Deployment

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Policy Statement.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts a Policy Statement expressing its belief that every CMRS carrier and every provider that enables a consumer to send text messages using numbers from the North American Numbering Plan should support text-to-911 capabilities. The Commission intends to pursue a technologically-neutral approach that provides platform-independent norms for all stakeholders, based on high-level functional standards set by the relevant stakeholders in industry and the public safety community.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Timothy May, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, (202) 418-1463 or timothy.may@fcc.gov.

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Policy Statement

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) believes that every CMRS carrier and every provider that enables a consumer to send text messages using numbers from the North American Numbering Plan should support text-to-911 capabilities.

The Commission intends to pursue a technologically-neutral approach that provides platform-independent norms for all stakeholders, based on high-level functional standards set by the relevant stakeholders in industry and the public safety community. Stakeholders should develop implementation details on a consensual basis in a manner that enables fact-based monitoring of progress by the relevant industry bodies, 911 and public safety authorities, and regulatory agencies. If the multi-stakeholder process achieves these values in a timely manner, we envision that any overarching functional rule adopted by the Commission would not need to impose additional obligations beyond those agreed to in the multi-stakeholder context. Rather, we expect that it would be needed only to codify the multi-stakeholder standard so it applies to all providers equally (including future entrants into the market) in a manner that brings regulatory clarity so that all participants in the 911 ecosystem can plan accordingly.

The Commission is particularly pleased that certain carriers have taken a leadership role on this issue and worked with public safety organizations to establish a May 15, 2014, deadline by which those carriers would support text-to-911 service nationwide. We encourage CMRS and interconnected text providers that are not parties to the Carrier-NENA-APCO Agreement to work with the public safety community to develop similar commitments to support text-to-911 in a timely manner, so that all consumers will be assured access to text-to-911 regardless of what text provider they choose.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2014-04230 Filed 2-25-14; 8:45 am]

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