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FCC To Consider Text-To-911, Tower Lighting Items At August Meeting

As expected, FCC Commissioners are scheduled to consider a draft second report and order at their Aug. 8 meeting that an FCC official has said would require all wireless carriers and interconnected, over-the-top (OTT) texting providers by year-end to be capable of deploying text-to-911 services. Providers would have to provide text-to-911 offerings within six months of a valid public safety answering point (PSAP) request.

The order follows up on a policy statement and second further notice of proposed rulemaking adopted in January (TRDaily, Jan. 30) in PS dockets 11-153 and 10-255. The statement and second further notice sought to press smaller wireless carriers and interconnected OTT texting providers to become capable of deploying text-to-911 services by the end of this year.

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