FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
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October 30, 2000
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John Winston (202) 418-7450
Washington, D.C. - The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) has released an order adopting a consent decree between the Bureau and QUALCOMM Incorporated (QUALCOMM). In the consent decree, QUALCOMM agrees to make a voluntary contribution of $25,000 to the United States Treasury and to implement a comprehensive compliance program to ensure that TriMode Portable User Terminals (Terminals) manufactured by QUALCOMM comply with the Commission's enhanced 911 (E-911) call processing requirements. This action terminates a Bureau investigation into possible violations of Commission rules designed to help improve E-911 call completion.
The Commission's rules require that all analog-capable handsets manufactured after February 13, 2000 use a Commission-approved method for the processing of E-911 calls. QUALCOMM had voluntarily disclosed to the Bureau that modifications to the software of the Terminals could be required to bring the Terminals into compliance with the E-911 call processing requirements.
In addition to making the voluntary contribution of $25,000 to the United States Treasury, QUALCOMM agrees to: 1) incorporate software using a Commission-approved method for completing analog 911 calls in all Terminals manufactured after November 30, 2000; 2) incorporate the updated software in any Terminal manufactured before February 13, 2000 that is returned for repair or service; and 3) appoint wireless standards engineers who will be responsible for overseeing QUALCOMM's compliance with the Commission's technical rules. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted QUALCOMM a temporary waiver of the E-911 call processing requirements until November 30, 2000 to permit QUALCOMM to continue manufacturing its Terminals.
Action by the Chief, Enforcement Bureau, October 30, 2000, by Order (DA 00-2431).
File No. EB-00-TS-236
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