FCC slated for daylong e9-1-1 meeting

| 4/23/2003

The Federal Communications Commission will hold a public meeting April 29 on e9-1-1 service, which would allow dispatchers nationwide to pinpoint the location of emergency 9-1-1 calls made via cell phones.

This capability would be crucial for police or first responders who receive calls from truckers and others on the road who come across accidents or activity that may be related to terrorism.

This is the first meeting of the FCC's e9-1-1 Coordination Initiative. E9-1-1 has been delayed by concerns related to various approaches that would make the system "interoperable" – meaning it would have the ability to communicate among different technologies.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell and John Muleta, chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will open the meeting. Among the topics: collaborative deployment among public safety, industry and government; the status of wireless carrier implementation; and an overview of the technical and operational impediments to e9-1-1 deployment.