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FCC Grants E911 Waivers

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Mar 24, 2005, 4:58 PM   by (staff)

The FCC has granted 32 waivers for Phase II E911 implementation to rural carriers. Phase II of E911 expects carriers to be able to triangulate the location of handset with reasonable accuracy. Carriers are supposed to have this phase completed by 2006. However many rural carrier run their towers in a line along highways, making triangulation - and thus compliance - very difficult, especially on GSM systems. All carriers have previously had to comply with Phase I of E911, which required they provide call centers with a call back number and tower location for each call.

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Mar 25, 2005, 9:42 AM

Can't GSM phones use GPS?

Is there something inherent in GSM phones or the GSM network that prevents them from using GPS in the handsets? It seems like GPS would be the only solution for a rural carrier without the multiple towers necessary for triangulation. It seems odd that they are even attempting it. Why can't they use GPS?
My first guess is we would need sattelites to use GPS

Mar 24, 2005, 5:13 PM

Oh Great

Not that I get enough people wanting to now where there spouse, ex etc is, if we can trinangulate postions for 911 Im sure cust will assume that we can do the same for the, and if its possible to do so I wonder what the polices will be for releasing genral Location of mobile device, (i can see it now, local man kills family for suspecting they had possesion of his stolen Razr phone after getting approximate loc from service provider... total wrong house though)
This is something that has been in the works for years. Law enforcement will be the only party to have access to location services. Wireless carriers are just required to upgrade their systems to allow the access. Government agencies will be the ones ...
It is illegal to sell a new CDMA phone without GPS capability. The FCC will not approve it. Verizon will not activate one on their network anymore. This is only for use of law enforcement when a 911 call comes from a wireless phone.
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