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.