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Released: September 14, 2000
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON CARRIER REPORTS ON IMPLEMENTATION OF WIRELESS E911 PHASE II AUTOMATIC LOCATION IDENTIFICATION
CC Docket No. 94-102
CC Docket No. 94-102
In this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) provides
guidance to wireless carriers on the information they must submit in their reports to the Federal
Communications Commission (Commission) on their plans for implementation of wireless
Enhanced 911 (E911) Phase II automatic location identification (ALI) systems. Carrier reports
must be filed with the Commission on or before November 9, 2000. The reports are intended to
encourage advance planning to meet the deadlines established in the Commission's E911 rules,
facilitate coordination between wireless carriers and parties -- such as public safety
organizations, equipment manufacturers, and local exchange carriers -- involved in the
implementation of Phase II, and assist the Commission in monitoring the Phase II
The Commission's E911 rules allow carriers to choose a handset-based or network-based approach to complying with those rules. If a handset-based approach is selected, the carrier must begin selling and activating ALI-capable handsets by October 1, 2001. Thereafter, by December 31, 2001, 25 percent of the carrier's new handset activations must be ALI-capable; 50 percent must be ALI-capable by June 30, 2002; and by December 31, 2002, 100 percent of that carrier's new digital handset activations must be ALI-capable. For a carrier deploying a network-based ALI solution, the carrier must provide Phase II service to 50 percent of callers within six months of a PSAP request and to 100 percent of callers within 18 months of the PSAP request.
To ensure timely planning and communication among the parties involved in Phase II – and thus the successful deployment of ALI capabilities - carrier reports should include the following information, in narrative form. Each aspect of the information outlined below should be addressed completely.
Electronic filings should be made using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Reports 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, parties should include their full name, Postal Service mailing address, and the docket number of this proceeding. Parties filing electronically should also e-mail a copy of their report to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554 and a diskette copy to the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS), CY-B400, (202) 857-3800. In addition, parties must submit one copy to Jay Whaley, Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. Reports will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Public Reference Room, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
Carriers should note that this report does not constitute a final or irrevocable commitment to the ALI technology that they will employ. As we mentioned in the E911 Third Report and Order, carriers may make good faith changes in their implementation plans after their initial report is filed, including changes in ALI technologies.4 These changes are to be filed within thirty days of the adoption of any such change.5 Updates can be filed in the same manner as described above. For further information concerning this proceeding, contact Jay Whaley, Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-1310.
1. Revision of the Commission's Rules to Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems, CC Docket No. 94-102, Third Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd 17388 (1999)(E911 Third report and Order).
2. E911 Third Report and Order at 14 Rcd 17414,15 (paras. 55,59).
3. See, e.g., Revision of the Commission's Rules to Ensure Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems, CC Docket No. 94-102, Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 00-326, (rel. September 8,2000) (Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order) at paras. 25, 30 and 45.
4. E911 Third Report and Order at 14 Rcd 17428 (para. 89).
5. See, Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order at para. 80.