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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

DA 00-882
Released: April 18, 2000

(WT Docket No. 99-328)

COMMENTS DUE: April 28, 2000
REPLIES DUE: May 5, 2000

In its Second Report and Order in the Wireless E911 Rulemaking, Docket No. 94-102,(1) the Commission adopted Section 22.921 of the rules (47 C.F.R. 22.921). This rule helps improve 911 call completion by requiring new analog wireless handsets, and new digital handsets when operating in analog mode, to be able to complete 911 calls to either analog carrier in an area, regardless of the programming of the handset for non-911 calls. These handsets must use one or more of the 911 call completion methods approved by the Commission. This requirement took effect on February 13, 2000.

On April 13, 2000, Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) filed a request that the Commission expeditiously grant emergency temporary relief, including, to the extent necessary, a waiver of the analog 911 call completion methodology requirements of the Commission's Rules, for Samsung's manufacture and distribution of certain handsets with analog capability after February 13, 2000. Samsung states that it recently became aware that its handsets may not fully comply with Section 22.921 and immediately sought the Commission's guidance as to how to address this issue. Samsung further states that it seeks a waiver so that it may continue to meet its minimum contractual obligations to United States wireless service providers. The relief sought is said to be only for the time necessary for Samsung to modify and test handsets to comply with the rule, which in no event will be later than July 15, 2000.

Pursuant to Sections 1.45 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 1.45, interested parties may file comments on the Samsung request no later than Friday, April 28, 2000. Replies shall be filed no later than Friday, May 5, 2000. All comments shall reference the docket number of this proceeding. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, Postal Service mailing address, and the docket number of this proceeding. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing with the Commission's Secretary (Magalie Roman Salas, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554) and a diskette copy to the Commission's copy contractor (International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS), CY-B400, (202) 857-3800). Filings and comments are also available for inspection and copying in the Reference Information Center, Federal Communications Commission, Court Yard Level, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. or may be purchased from ITS.

Pursuant to section 1.1206 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 1.1206, this proceeding will be conducted as a permit-but-disclose proceeding in which ex parte communications are permitted subject to disclosure.

For further information, contact Dan Grosh or Patrick Forster, (202) 418-1310.

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1    Revision of the Commission's Rules To Ensure Compatibility With Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems, CC Docket No. 94-102, Second Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd 10954 (1999).