APCO Discusses ECCs’ Needs for NG9-1-1 With FCC Staff

On October 27, APCO met with representatives of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to discuss the FCC’s proposed rules to facilitate Next Generation 9-1-1. APCO explained the public safety community’s objectives for NG9-1-1 and offered several recommendations. For example, the FCC should require interoperability between 9-1-1 service providers to facilitate the transition to NG9-1-1 and support public safety. APCO also encouraged the FCC to evaluate the role of emerging over-the-top solutions for delivering multimedia such as live video from 9-1-1 callers to ECCs. These solutions are still being explored but are changing the way the 9-1-1 community thinks about achieving NG9-1-1, and they likely have implications for the FCC’s regulatory approach. A letter describing the meeting can be found here.