APCO applauds FCC for positive public safety actions

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its actions that will improve first responder capabilities. The FCC adopted APCO International’s prior request that accuracy of caller location information provided with wireless 911 calls be measured at the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) level, which will dramatically impact the 911 calltakers ability to locate and send appropriate resources to callers using wireless phones. The FCC also took important steps to expedite the completion of the 800 MHz rebanding process that is designed to prevent dangerous interference to public safety radio communications.

“APCO International is pleased that the FCC has taken this critically important step to improve the location accuracy of our nation’s wireless 911 calls,” APCO International President Willis Carter said. “We are equally pleased that the FCC is taking aggressive action aimed at expediting the completion of the 800MHz frequency rebanding process. These are two extremely important issues facing the public safety communications community. Yesterday, as we paused to remember, reflect and honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, we also celebrated a victory by making progress to improve upon our ability to protect the lives of our public.”

About APCO International

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. APCO International serves the professional needs of its 15,000 members worldwide by creating a platform for setting professional standards, addressing professional issues and providing education, products and services for people who manage, operate, maintain and supply the communications systems used by police, fire and emergency medical dispatch agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.apcointl.org.

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