Legislation and Regulation
States' Recent Legislation
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),
Department of Commerce (DOC); and National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
PS Docket Nos. 20-291 and 09-14 - 911 Fee Diversion; New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Commission to take action to help address the diversion of 911 fees by states and other jurisdictions for purposes unrelated to 911. In particular, it directs the Commission to issue final rules, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of section 902, designating the uses of 911 fees by states and taxing jurisdictions that constitute 911 fee diversion for purposes of 47 U.S.C. § 615a-1, as amended by section 902.2
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.
PS Docket 10-255 - In the Matter of Framework for Next Generation 911 Deployment
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.
CG Docket 16-145 - Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology
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.
GN Docket 15-178 - Petition for Rulemaking to Update the Commission’s Rules for Access to Support the Transition from TTY to Real-Time Text Technology, and Petition for Waiver of Rules Requiring Support of TTY Technology
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.