The FCC has proposed stronger rules for location accuracy when emergency calls are placed from a wireless device. Currently, a call from a mobile phone to 911 makes it much more difficult to locate the caller. In some cases as many as 9 out of 10 calls placed from cell phones cannot be accurately located.
Please write to the FCC and tell them that help must come. Passing these requirements could save as many as 10,000 lives per year.
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Dear Chairman Wheeler:
I am writing to urge the Commission to adopt strong E911 rules to protect the public and ensure first responders can successfully reach people in need. The Federal Communications Commission estimates more than 10,000 lives could be saved each year if emergency responders were able to quickly locate and reach 911 callers who use cell phones, particularly those who are indoors.
Today, millions of Americans depend on their mobile phones to place emergency calls to 911. However, the FCC does not have location accuracy requirements for callers dialing from inside buildings. This is especially alarming for the deaf and hard of hearing community, children who may not know where they are located, victims of domestic abuse, and the elderly.
More than one-third of households in the United States are wireless-only homes, including nearly 45% of children and more than 50% of adults living in poverty. Mobile phone adoption is high among Hispanic adults, with more than half living in wireless-only homes, and among African American households.
Our nation’s public safety system must ensure that all people have equal access to emergency services, regardless of race, age, sex, income, location or access to technology. New technologies should be a step forward for everyone and should not leave anyone behind.
I urge the Commission to adopt its proposed location accuracy framework to ensure all people have equal access to reliable public safety services.