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Find Me 911 Holds Policy Staff Briefing

 Monday, September 23, 3013

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM

B338 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC

Box Lunches will be served

Recent news coverage has exposed significant challenges faced by 9-1-1 Centers when they try to find victims when they call for help using a cell phone.  The Find Me 911 Coalition invites you to attend a Congressional staff briefing featuring a presentation and discussion of the current regulations governing the E-911 system and how they should be updated to accommodate today’s use of wireless technology.

When dialing 911, providing first responders with a timely and accurate location information is essential. If the caller doesn’t know or cannot provide a location, it can mean the difference between life and death.  The FCC E-911 (cell phone) location accuracy requirements currently in force are not being applied by the FCC to indoor calls despite the increasing use of cell phones to call for help, leaving millions of callers at risk. 

Moreover, recent reports from California indicate that even outdoor location accuracy may have dropped over the last few years.  The FCC opened a proceeding on location accuracy in 2011. 

Presenters include:

·         Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral USN (Ret.), former Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, representing the Find Me 911 Coalition

·         Danita Crombach, President of the California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association, and Communications Manager, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

·         Dr. Brian Fontes, President and CEO National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

·         Trey Forgety, Director, Government Affairs, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

·         Dorothy Spears-Dean, Ph.D., Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Enterprise Solutions and Governance, Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and Secretary of National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA)

·         Other nationally-recognized 911 Professionals


  • The FCC estimates that of the roughly 240 million 911 calls placed each year, 70 percent are now placed from wireless phones.
  • At least 50 percent of all wireless calls originate indoors, according to industry estimates.
  • Over 38% of households in the United States are wireless-only, with no landline, and totally reliant on cell phones to call for help.
  • Regulations governing the E-911 system need to be updated to accommodate today’s use of wireless technology. For example, the FCC E-911 (cell phone) location accuracy requirements currently in force are being applied by the FCC to calls originating outdoors, but not calls originating indoors, leaving a regulatory gap that puts millions of callers at risk. 

The Find Me 911 Coalition seeks to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves forward quickly to establish an immediate and measurable level of location accuracy for all emergency calls, enabling first responders to locate emergency calls from wireless phones from all locations rapidly and efficiently.

Learn more at www.findme911.org  and Find Me 911 on Facebook

Please join us for this briefing on Monday September 23, 2013.

To attend, RSVP to RSVP@findme911.org or call:  202-667-4967 by Wednesday, September 18, 2013.   

There is no cost for this event, and it is expected to qualify as a “widely attended event” pursuant to House and Senate rules.  Questions about accepting this invitation from Members or Congressional staff should be addressed to either the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.


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