Emergency Responders Urge FCC to Establish Level of Location Accuracy for 9-1-1 Calls

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Outside the FCC workshop on e911 location accuracy in Washington, DC members of law enforcement, public safety, and emergency response units gathered to display a banner urging the FCC to establish a measurable level of location accuracy for wireless emergency calls. Because there is no exact location assigned to your cell phone, the only way to determine where you are is by using nearby cell towers to pinpoint your whereabouts; however, this takes some time that these organizations don’t always have. Data recently released by the FCC shows that, in some states and localities, upwards of 2/3 of wireless 9-1-1 calls are delivered to the emergency call center without accurate location data, leaving emergency responders unable to send help to people who cannot tell or do not know their locations.

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November 20, 2013 |
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