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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
May 20, 2002
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John Winston (202) 418-7450
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing that AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. (``AT&T Wireless'') be held liable for a $2.2 million fine. This action follows an Enforcement Bureau investigation into whether AT&T Wireless violated the Enhanced 911 (``E911'') Phase II rules with respect to its Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service network (``GSM network'').
On April 4, 2001, AT&T Wireless filed a request for waiver of the E911 Phase II rules in which it proposed to build a new GSM network and implement a hybrid handset- and network-based location technology across this network. In its waiver request, AT&T Wireless stated that it would provide location capable handsets to all GSM subscribers so that the GSM network would be capable of providing Phase II service from the date of deployment. Thus, AT&T Wireless limited its request to only a waiver of the Phase II accuracy requirements, not to the underlying rules themselves. On October 2, 2001, the Commission granted AT&T Wireless a temporary, conditional waiver of the location accuracy requirements, relying in part on AT&T Wireless's statement that it did not need a broader waiver.
After receiving reports that AT&T Wireless had, contrary to its statements in connection with its waiver request, already begun to deploy its GSM network without location-capable handsets, the Enforcement Bureau commenced an investigation into AT&T Wireless's compliance with the E911 rules. Based on this investigation, the Commission finds that:
Action by the Commission on May 9, 2002 by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (FCC 02-142). Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps and Martin.
Enforcement Bureau Contacts: John Winston at (202) 418-7450 or Kathy Berthot at (202) 418-7454.
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