SEPARATE STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER KEVIN MARTIN
|Re:||Revision of the Commission's Rules To Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems, Request for Waiver by Cingular Wireless LLC, Sprint Spectrum L.P. d/b/a Spring PCS, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., Nextel Communications, Inc.|
Like all of my fellow Commissioners, I am very frustrated and disappointed that Phase II E911 is not farther along than it is today. I too would have preferred to take more immediate enforcement measures, and the current failure to meet the Commission's Phase II E911 deadlines is shameful. Nonetheless, we are told by manufacturers and suppliers that meeting today's deadlines is a practical impossibility. Let me be clear, however, these delays must come to an end. We must remain vigilant to ensure that this technology will quickly meet its full potential for the American public. Much hard work remains to be done in the days ahead.
I also commend and express my gratitude to the public safety community for the time and dedication they have put into this issue. I have relied on their expertise and look forward to continued partnership with them as we move forward with implementation and strict enforcement of the schedules we adopt today.