FCC Regulatory Update

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
David Furth, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC; Roberto Mussenden, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Senior officials from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau provided updates on agency regulations impacting 9-1-1, including public safety spectrum, location-based routing, 9-1-1 location accuracy, network resiliency, and outage reporting. On spectrum, Attorney Advisor Roberto Mussenden stated, “We reaffirmed that the 4.9 GHz band is a public safety band” and discussed the ongoing process for developing rules to enhance public safety use of the band. Deputy Chief David Furth also discussed how advances in technology have led to the FCC taking a renewed look at certain 9-1-1 issues, such as location-based routing and the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1. Finally, Furth explained the recent rule changes regarding 9-1-1 outage reporting and stated, “it’s important for ECCs to receive timely outage information when 9-1-1 outages occur.”

Submitted by Alison Venable