The Commission's adoption of this Order further ensures that E911 service meets the needs of public safety and the American people. The primary objective of today's Order is to advance policies, rules and initiatives that support the efficient and reliable transmission of meaningful automatic location information from wireless 911 callers to PSAPs to better ensure rapid emergency response and save lives. And the Commission's action has received widespread support from the public safety community.
To ensure that carriers are making progress toward compliance with the location accuracy requirements at the PSAP level, the Commission has established a series of interim requirements. These annual benchmarks include interim progress reports, as well as requirements to measure the Commission's accuracy requirements on progressively smaller geographic levels until the PSAP-level is met. This includes:
As part of their efforts to achieve compliance with the interim benchmarks, wireless carriers must account for only those PSAPs in their service areas that are capable of receiving E911, Phase II location data.