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FCC Sets Deadlines for Comments on Rulemaking for Text-to 911 Services

March 12, 2014
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The FCC has set deadlines for the receipt of comments on its recent rulemaking for text-to 911 services.

Comments are due by April 4, 2014
Reply comments are due by May 5, 2014

On January 30, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a policy statement setting forth goals for achieving text-to-911 and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). The policy statement highlighted the nations four largest wireless telephone providers commitment to make text-to-911 available to all their customers nationwide by May 15, 2014. The FCC encourages other text providers to offer text-to-911 as well and asks for comment on proposals to meet the goals of (1) making sure that people with disabilities have direct access to 911 services and (2) enabling people in situations from which it might be impossible or dangerous to make a voice call (i.e., hostage situation, domestic violence) to make text-to-911 calls.

FCC Policy Statement and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM):
Word 50 pages | PDF 50 pages | Text

For further information, go to, or contact Cheryl King at 202-418-2284 (voice), 202-418-0416 (TTY) or OR Suzy Rosen Singleton at 202-810-1503 (VP) or in the FCC Disability Rights Office.

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