The FCC is planning new rules for tracking indoor 911 calls


In a proposal approved for consideration today, the Federal Communications Commission said it will move to require wireless carriers to more accurately track 911 calls indoors.

For years, the FCC has been considering how best to require companies to track calls during an emergency. The newest plan focuses on vertical location information: carriers would need to track the altitude of a caller’s device to within three meters. The plan, the FCC says, will allow first responders to better locate callers in busy metropolitan areas, where they may need to find someone in a multi-story building. Carriers would have to meet the requirement for 80 percent of indoor 911 calls, starting with the biggest cities.

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