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TIA Files Comments with FCC Regarding Multi-Line Telephone Systems & 911 Calls

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TIA Files Comments with FCC Regarding Multi-Line Telephone Systems & 911 Calls

ARLINGTON, VA (July 5, 2012) - The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to a Public Notice examining (1) the feasibility of Multi-Line Telephone Systems (MLTSs) to provide the precise location of a 911 caller and (2) the National Emergency Number Association’s “Technical Requirements Document on Model Legislation E911 for Multi-Line Telephone Systems.”

In its filing, TIA noted that it supports the Commission’s efforts to improve the ability of MLTSs to provide information location with as much accuracy as possible. Accurately identifying the location of a 911 caller can save lives and prevent the misuse of valuable resources. However, there are a number of hurdles that exist related to the rollout of an omnipresent capability for MLTSs to provide accurate location information to public safety dispatchers. Among them are technical and cost feasibility, the need for further standard development, dependence on MLTS users to implement and update location information capabilities, and privacy concerns. The Commission must consider these challenges carefully before requiring a blanket location information requirement for MLTSs.

TIA also discussed how it would be problematic at this time to include Enhanced 911 (E911) requirements for MLTSs in the Commission’s Part 68 rules, which govern the attachment of Terminal Equipment (TE) to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Before this step should be taken, TIA believes there must be increased enforcement across Part 68 rules.

Finally, TIA noted its endorsement of the inclusion of safe harbors in the NENA’s “Technical Requirements Document on Model Legislation E911 for Multi-Line Telephone Systems.” TIA supports standards to be used as safe harbors where necessary and not as a substitute for more general performance objectives, but believes that standards developed by “non-accredited” standard development organizations are not appropriate. Standards developed under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited process, such as TIA’s, guarantee that any organization or individual – including a Federal agency – has the opportunity to engage in the process and work with other stakeholders to shape the standard as needed, something that non-consensus standards cannot guarantee.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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