Legislation and Regulation

Pending Legislation

U.S. Congress

S.2061 - Next Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2017
  • A bill to further deployment of Next Generation 9-1- 1 services to enhance and upgrade the Nation's 9-1-1 systems, and for other purposes.
  • Latest Action: Senate - 11/02/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

  • Companion Bill to S. 2061.
  • Latest Action: House - 12/18/2017 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

  • This bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit businesses from manufacturing or importing for use in the United States, or selling or leasing in the United States, a multi-line telephone system unless it is pre-configured to allow users to directly initiate a call to 9-1- 1 (without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access code such as the digit "9") from any station equipped with dialing facilities.
  • Latest Action: Senate - 01/24/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

  • This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to submit to Congress and publish on the FCC website a study on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and cost of providing the public with access to 9-1- 1 services during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable.
  • Latest Action: Senate - 01/24/2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
H.R.1062 - GPS Act
  • This bill makes it unlawful to intentionally intercept the geolocation information of another person; intentionally disclose or use geolocation information knowing or having reason to know that it was obtained in violation of this bill; or intentionally disclose geolocation information knowing or having reason to know it was obtained as part of a criminal investigation with the intent to improperly obstruct with a duly authorized criminal investigation.
  • Latest Action: House - 03/06/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
  • To rebuild and modernize the Nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes.
  • Latest Action: House - 05/26/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

Pending Regulation

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),

Department of Commerce (DOC); and National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT)

Docket No. 170420407-7407- 01911 Grant Program

Action: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)

  • This action proposes revised implementing regulations for the 911 Grant Program, as a result of the enactment of the Next Generation 911 (NG911) Advancement Act of 2012. The 911 Grant Program provides grants to improve 911 services, E-911 services, and NG911 services and applications. NTIA and NHTSA (the Agencies) request comments on this proposed rule. Comments were due 11/06/2017.

NASNA Comments

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

PS Docket 11-153In the Matter of Facilitating the deployment of Text-to- 911 and other NG911 applications. Framework for Next Generation 911 deployment

  • Latest Commission Action: 01/09/2017 Public Notice seeking comment on the request of the State of Maine Public Utilities Commission to address demarcation issues related to the implementation of Text-to-911 via message session relay protocol.

  • Latest Commission Action:  08/15/2017 Letter responding to the petition filed by Onvoy Spectrum, LLC providing guidance to Neustar, Inc. as the Routing Number Authority regarding the administration of pseudo Automatic Number Identification (p-ANI) codes. In particular, this letter determines that Onvoy Spectrum, LLC may be assigned the p-ANI codes it seeks.

  • Latest Commission Action:  09/26/17 Notice of Inquiry seeking to identify the reasons that the 911 capabilities of ECS appear to have lagged behind those of wireless, wireline, and interconnected VoIP, including the possibility that the costs of providing ECS E911 have contributed to this lag. The NOI seeks comment on consumers’ expectations regarding their ability to access 911 when calling from an ECS. Finally, we seek to identify potential ways, including standards, service and implementation best practices, and regulatory action if needed, to ensure that ECS supports direct 911 access, routing, and location and keeps pace with technological developments and consumer expectations.  Comments were due 11/15/17.

  • 12/22/2017 Notice of Approval for Real-Time Text (RTT) Report and Order Requirements Subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. The FCC amended its rules to permit wireless service providers and equipment manufacturers to support RTT technology in lieu of continuing to support TTY technology.  Those provisions resulted in new information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is notice that the new information collection requirements were approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

  • 12/29/2017 An Order extending a waiver previously granted to TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TracFone), of the Commission’s requirements to support text telephony (TTY) technology over Internet-protocol (IP)-based wireless services  until June 30, 2021.

PS Docket 15-91 - Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • 1/31/2018 Second Report and Order to enhance the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts to improve the accuracy of geographic targeting. This Order ensures that consumers will be able to retrieve and review WEA content for 24 hours from receipt.  It also defines what it means for a CMS Provider to participate in WEA “in whole” versus “in part.” It aligns the deadline for supporting alerts initiated in Spanish with the deadline for extending the length of Alert messages from 90 to 360 characters.
  • Latest Commission Action: 09/08/16 Order denying a request filed by CTIA seeking an extension of time to submit reply comments in response to the Further Notice in the 2016 part 4 proceeding.

  • Latest Commission Action: 11/21/14, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Policy Statement and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding governance and oversight of 911 communications and accountability for reliable 911 service in light of changing technologies and the transition to Next Generation 911. Comments were due on or before 03/09/15.

  • Latest Commission Action:  11/09/16 Public Notice that Petitions for Reconsideration have been filed in the Commission’s Rulemaking proceeding published pursuant to 47 CFR Section 1.429(e).

PS Docket 13-239 - Improving the Resiliency of Mobile Wireless Communications Networks

  • Latest Commission Action:  12/20/16 Order addressing proposals raised in an earlier Notice, released in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, designed to address the resiliency of the mobile wireless industry’s communications infrastructure. In light of the substantial concerns identified in the record with respect to proposed metrics and possible consequences of the disclosure proposal initially advanced in that Notice, this Order finding that the “Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework” as submitted by AT&T, CTIA – The Wireless Association (CTIA), Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon presents a more appropriate path forward to improving wireless resiliency and provider transparency, and we refrain from adopting further regulations at this time.

 PS Docket 13-75 - Improving 9-1-1 Reliability

  • Latest Commission Action:  09/29/17 Public Notice announcing the extension of the deadline for filing annual 911 reliability certifications for Covered 911 Service Providers to 10/30/17.

  • Latest Commission Action:  02/27/13 Report to Congress and Recommendations on Legal and Regulatory Framework for Next Generation 911 Services.

  • Latest Commission Action:  09/29/17 Public Notice announcing the extension of the deadline for filing annual 911 reliability certifications for Covered 911 Service Providers to 10/30/17.

  • Latest Commission Action:  04/01/15 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with comments due 06/05/15.

  • Latest Commission Action:  11/14/17 Memorandum Opinion and Order approving the Privacy and Security Plan (Plan) for the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) submitted on February 3, 2017, by national wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon (collectively, National Carriers) and NEAD, LLC. The NEAD, which is being developed for the purpose of identifying the dispatchable location of wireless 911 callers when the caller is indoors, is a database that will enable wireless providers to use media access control (MAC) address and Bluetooth Public Device Addresses (BT-PDA) information of fixed indoor access points to locate wireless devices being used to call 911.

  • Latest Commission Action:  03/30/16 Order reaffirming commitment to promoting the delivery of Emergency Alert System (EAS) alerts to as wide an audience as technically feasible, including to those who communicate in a language other than English or may have a limited understanding of the English language. Specifically, to promote and better understand the landscape of multilingual alerting across the country,  State EAS Plans are required to include a description of the manner, if any, in which EAS Participants (including broadcasters, cable systems, and other service providers),  make available EAS alert message content to persons who communicate in languages other than English.  We will require EAS Participants to furnish such information to State Emergency Communications Committees (SECC) upon SECC request so that the SECCs can compile this data and submit it as part of their State EAS Plan.