Eshoo Introduces Bill to Improve Location Accuracy for 9-1-1 Calls

May 13th, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and Co-Chair of the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus introduced today the Requesting Emergency Services and Providing Origination Notification Systems Everywhere (RESPONSE) Act, which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to complete a proceeding requiring all Multi-Line Telephone Systems to provide first responders with the precise location of a 9-1-1 caller.

“When someone dials 9-1-1, every second matters,” said Rep. Eshoo. First responders have to know exactly where an individual is calling from, especially if the caller is unable to communicate to the dispatcher, or the caller simply doesn’t know where they are.”

“This is an issue the FCC has been studying since 1994,” Eshoo continued. To wait any longer for action is simply an excuse and a costly one because lives are at stake.”

As Co-Chair and founder of the bipartisan, bicameral NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus (formerly the Congressional E-911 Caucus), Rep. Eshoo has been a longtime advocate for upgrading our nation’s emergency response systems.

In 2012, Congress directed the FCC to issue a Public Notice Seeking Comment on the feasibility of Multi-Line Telephone Systems to provide the precise location of a 911 caller. This was included in Section 6504(b) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and was modeled on legislation introduced by Rep. Eshoo and her Co-Chair of the NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus, Representative Shimkus, known as the Next Generation 911 Advancement Act of 2012.

The text of the RESPONSE Act can be found here.

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