FCC Tightens E911 Rules
Sep 12, 2007, 2:23 PM by (staff)
The FCC today announced a stricter interpretation of E911 standards that will improve location accuracy for all subscribers. Carriers will need to meet accuracy standards for 95% of subscribers on a local level at each Public Service Answering Point (PSAP). Previously, compliance was judged on a state average, allowing carriers to beef up E911 compliance in high population areas to make up for poor compliance in smaller towns or rural districts. The FCC has set yearly benchmarks for the carriers to meet along the way to full compliance by September 11, 2011. Carriers are worried about the cost of compliance with the ruling and its tight timeline, some FCC members expressed concern over the timeline as well, because they believe new location tracking technology may become a factor in the near future.
AT&T Says Sprint, T-Mobile Breaking FCC WiFi Calling Rules
AT&T recently filed a complaint with the FCC over WiFi calling services on the iPhone, which it says it cannot offer due to certain regulations. AT&T competitors Sprint and T-Mobile have offered WiFi calling for the better part of a year, and AT&T insists they are doing so against FCC regulations.
FCC Fines Sprint for Building Cell Sites without Proper Review
The FCC today said it has reached a settlement with Sprint and Sprint's partner Mobilitie regarding the improper completion of cell tower sites. The FCC says the companies failed to complete the proper tower registration and environmental and historic impact reviews before building some cell sites.
AT&T Settles with FCC Over Microwave License Violations
The FCC today said AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $450,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical to run copper or fiber wires.
FCC Likely to Side with AT&T and Verizon in Spectrum Fight
The FCC is close to making a final decision regarding how much spectrum to set aside for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction and T-Mobile isn't going to be happy. The FCC has already set aside 30MHz of the airwaves in question for smaller carriers, thereby limiting how much spectrum AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two largest carriers — can acquire.
FCC to Require Greater Location Accuracy for Wireless Alerts
The FCC today adopted new rules that it says will ensure wireless emergency alerts are used more effectively to notify the public about threats. To start, the FCC will require network operators that distribute such alerts to do so in a much more geographically accurate and relevant area.