Technology Transitions – Ensuring 911 Continuity Report and Order

The FCC has released the Ensuring Continuity of 911 Communications Report and Order adopted by the Commission at the August Open Meeting.  The Report and Order adopts rules to protect consumers through the transitions from legacy copper networks to modern networks by encouraging the purchase of backup power options and educating the public on the technology transition.

Specifically, the Report and Order creates a new section 12.5 of the rules to place limited backup power obligations on providers of facilities-based fixed, residential voice services that are not line-powered to ensure that these providers meet their obligation to provide access to 911 service during a power outage.

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