Legislation and Regulation

Pending Legislation

U.S. Congress

  • To further development of Next Generation 911 to enhance and upgrade the 911 systems of the United States, and for other purposes. It was introduced to the Senate on 5/15/19.
  • Latest Action: Senate - 05/15/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

  • 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 911 (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: 02/16/2018 Became Public Law No: 115-127

  • 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 - 05/22/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy.

H.R. 5700 National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act 

  • This bill would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate a national dialing shortcode for users of mobile voice service to reach public safety personnel in critical, but non-emergency, circumstances.  
  • Latest Action: House - 05/11/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

H.R. 2741 LIFT America Act 
  • To provide $12 billion in grants for the implementation of Next Generation 911 services to make 911 service more accessible, effective, and resilient, and enable Americans to send text messages, images, or videos to 911 in times of emergency. It was introduced to the House on 5/15/19.
  • Latest Action: House - 06/04/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

  • To further deployment of Next Generation 911 to enhance and upgrade the 911 systems of the United States, and for other purposes.
  • Latest Action: House - 05/15/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Pending Regulation

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),

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

Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT)

9-1-1 Grant Program

  • Latest Action: 8/9/2019 Departments of Commerce and Transportation Announce $109 Million in Grants to Modernize 911 Services for States and Tribal Nations

Notice of Funding Opportunity

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: 9/26/2018  In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission proposes to implement Kari’s Law by adopting direct dial and notification rules governing calls to 911 made from MLTS. As required by RAY BAUM’S Act, the Commission also considers the feasibility of requiring dispatchable location for 911 calls from MLTS and other technological platforms that currently complete calls to 911. The NPRM proposes establishing a dispatchable location requirement for MLTS 911 calls. Additionally, the NPRM proposes to add dispatchable location requirements to existing FCC 911 rules for fixed telephony providers, VoIP providers, and Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). It also considers the feasibility of alternative location mechanisms for MLTS and other services that could be used as a complement to dispatchable location or as a substitute when dispatchable location is not available. It also considers whether dispatchable location requirements should be extended to other communications services.
  • 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:  3/28/2018 Public Notice inviting interested parties to update the record on the feasibility of including multimedia content in Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages. Comments due 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.
  • 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:  6/13/18  The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks comment on the Commission's rules regarding the reliability of the nation's 911 networks, including notification to PSAPs of network outages affecting 911 service. Comments due 7/16/18 and reply comments due 8/13/18.

  • Latest Commission Action:  6/13/18 The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comment on the Effectiveness of the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework and for the Study on Public Access to 911 Services during Emergencies. Comments due 4/1/19 and reply comments due 5/19/19.

  • Latest Commission Action: 9/10/2018  The Commission seeks comment on the vertical accuracy (z-axis) test bed report1 submitted by CTIA on behalf of the nationwide wireless carriers (AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon) (the Carriers), and on the Carriers’ proposal for a z-axis accuracy metric submitted with the Report. Comments due 5/20/2019. Reply Comments due 6/18/2019.
  • Latest Commission Action: 4/11/2018 Public Notice to inform State Emergency Communications Committees (SECCs) how to prepare and submit summaries of the reports filed by Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants of their current or planned actions to provide EAS alert content in languages other than English to their non-English speaking audiences.

  • Latest Commission Action: 5/2/18 The Commission granted the request to extend the reply comment deadline until June 28, 2018.
  • Notice of Inquiry explores how the delays that arise from the misrouting of wireless 911 calls can be avoided, possibly resulting in faster response times, via the implementation of location-based routing solutions.  The Commission seeks to develop a complete record regarding the technical and operational implications, limitations, deployments, and best common practices of location-based routing and the costs and benefits of different location-based routing methods. Comments are due 5/7/18 and Reply Comments are due 6/21/18.
PS Docket 19-51:
  • Latest Commission Action: 7/13/18 Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Report and Order adopts false alert reporting requirements to help ensure that the FCC, FEMA and affected stakeholders have sufficient information to identify and mitigate problems with the EAS. New testing rules streamline testing processes to ensure proper safeguards are in place. The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks further comment on whether there is a need for additional false alert and lockout reporting.