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A U.S. court agreed to stay a stricter standards for wireless phone companies and e911 service standards

Last September, the Federal Communications Commission reached a decision that would raise the standard on E911 service and force mobile phone operators to test the service locally rather than the usual state and national tests. The FCC gave mobile phone companies five years to meet these standards, reported Reuters.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday granted a stay on the decision made in September. A group of wireless phone companies, including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel, requested the stay while they appeal the application of the standards.

E911 is an emergency service that allows firefighters and law officials to track where emergency calls come from. Under current standards, emergency operators can locate a call within 150 to 300 yards.

The new standards would strengthen the accuracy of wireless carriers by forcing them to perform tests on local levels rather than state and national levels. This would remove the same standards being applied to different areas where accuracy is poor in one and strong in another.  

It is necessary to raise these standards on this service because under the current system, emergency workers face difficulty with the accuracy in location of a call. Some of the trouble locations are multi-story buildings and highways.   The new standards would provide testing for locations such as these and strengthen the accuracy for these particular instances.

The FCC requires that the companies meet the standards over the next five years, by September 11, 2012.



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why
By omnicronx on 3/28/2008 2:29:09 AM , Rating: 2
Assisted GPS (GPS Via cell phone tower triangulation) regardless if the tests are done locally are not ever going to be even close to 100% accurate. Seems like it would probably cost the phone carriers less money to just include a GPS adapter in every new phone..




RE: why
By therealnickdanger on 3/28/2008 8:05:19 AM , Rating: 2
But then they wouldn't be able to sell you shoddy "GPS" programs for exhorbent monthly fees! If they included real GPS receivers in all phones, then you could CHOOSE which GPS app to load, perhaps even a free one!

Overheard at Sprint board meeting: "oh noes!1!! mah munneez!"


RE: why
By FITCamaro on 3/28/2008 12:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
This is true. Verizon and Sprint's navigator functions don't use actual GPS. Putting a GPS chip into your cell phone would allow you to use a traditional program. However, the problem with this then would be that you would then have to have the maps installed on your phone locally. Most phones don't have the space for this. And not all phones support a memory card either at all or big enough to store said maps.

Another thing to consider is that if a GPS chip was installed in every phone, the privacy advocates would complain because "They're tracking me everywhere I go!".


RE: why
By PitViper007 on 3/28/2008 3:49:55 PM , Rating: 2
And they can't do that now? I don't know about your phone, but mine, I have two location options, Location On and E911 Only. There's no option to turn it off now anyway. If it's got to be there, I personally would rather have the more accurate true GPS chip in it so it would be truly useful.


New Tax?
By rsmech on 3/27/2008 8:15:36 PM , Rating: 1
Is this what they call an unfunded mandate? A tax on the consumer because corporations don't pay taxes. If I'm paying for service I want my monthly fees increasing coverage in poor areas. Wouldn't this make me happier & also allow for better locating of those outside of the metro areas?




RE: New Tax?
By Marvlarv on 3/28/2008 8:03:55 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
by rsmech on March 27, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Is this what they call an unfunded mandate? A tax on the consumer because corporations don't pay taxes. If I'm paying for service I want my monthly fees increasing coverage in poor areas. Wouldn't this make me happier & also allow for better locating of those outside of the metro areas?


It never said anything about the consumer paying for anything, did you even read the whole article?


RE: New Tax?
By straycat74 on 3/28/2008 8:42:29 AM , Rating: 2
When the Government raises or adds taxes on a company, it goes into costs of running the business. Those costs are included in the markup on the companies products and services. The higher a companies expenses, the higher the price of goods and services.


RE: New Tax?
By Marvlarv on 3/28/2008 8:52:48 AM , Rating: 3
That has escape my grasp.


This is important
By eye smite on 3/27/2008 8:14:10 PM , Rating: 3
Because sometimes you never know what you'll need 911 for.........

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