Max Baucus, D-MT, and Sam Brownback, R-KS, recently asked the Federal
Communications Commission chairman to delay enforcement of the commission’s
E9-1-1 accuracy standards for rural areas where wireless towers
are typically spread apart.
service would allow truckers and others to call 9-1-1 emergency
services from a cell phone and enable dispatchers to pinpoint the
location of the caller.
a letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell on behalf of wireless carriers
operating in rural areas, the senators encouraged the development
of state-of-the-art location-accuracy standards that account for
the unique wireless network configurations in rural regions.
residents deserve the same quality access to emergency telephone
service as those in more urban parts of the country." Baucus
said in a statement. "These FCC rules may also force rural
providers out of business. That's just not fair. The FCC must come
up with a common-sense solution that will benefit rural residents
and protect rural providers. That's what Sen. Brownback and I are
main concern: The FCC's current accuracy standards may force many
small and rural wireless providers to discontinue service in some
areas rather than face enforcement action from the FCC.