FCC Announces Opening of 911 Reliability Certification System

On August 16, 2021, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that the FCC’s 911 Reliability Certification System is now open for filing annual reliability certifications.  The Commission’s rules require covered 911 service providers to take reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring.  Covered 911 service providers must certify as to their compliance with each of these three requirements or to their implementation of reasonable alternative measures.  Certifications must be filed using the FCC’s online portal at https://apps2.fcc.gov/rcs911/ on or before October 15, 2021.

As a reminder only covered 911 service providers are required to submit the annual reliability certifications.  47 C.F.R. § 9.19(a)(4) defines covered 911 service providers as entities that “[p]rovide[] 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate[] one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP.”

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