[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 5 (Friday, January 7, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 1126-1127]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-121]



47 CFR Part 20

[PS Docket No. 07-114; WC Docket No. 05-196; FCC 10-177; DA 10-2267]

Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; E911 Requirements 
for IP-Enabled Service Providers

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment and reply comment dates.


SUMMARY: The order provides notice that the comment period cycle for 
the Commission's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) and 
Notice of Inquiry (NOI) has been extended to provide interested parties 
a meaningful opportunity to file full and informed comment for a 
complete record concerning the numerous issues raised in the 

DATES: Submit comments on or before January 19, 2011. Submit reply 
comments on or before February 18, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by PS Docket No. 07-114 
and WC Docket No. 05-196, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Federal Communications Commission's Web Site: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Follow the instructions for submitting comments 
on the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).
     People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request 
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language 
interpreters, CART, etc.) by e-mail: [email protected] or phone: (202) 
418-0530 or TTY: (202) 418-0432.
    For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the FPRM and NOI, Section 
V., Procedural Matters, in this proceeding.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Donovan, Public Safety and 
Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-2413, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554; or via the 
Internet to [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. On September 23, 2010, the Federal 
Communications Commission adopted an FNPRM and NOI, seeking comment on 
how to further improve the location capability of 911 and E911 services 
for existing and new voice communications technologies, including new 
broadband technologies associated with the deployment of Next 
Generation 911 (NG911) networks. The E911 Location Accuracy FNPRM and 
NOI was published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2010, 75 FR 
67321. Thus, comments submitted in response to the E911 Location 
Accuracy FNPRM and NOI must be filed on or before January 3, 2011; and 
reply comments must be filed on or before January 31, 2011.
    2. On November 22, 2010, the Association of Public-Safety 
Communications Officials--International (APCO), the National Emergency 
Number Association (NENA), the National Association of State 911 
Administrators (NASNA), CTIA--The Wireless Association (CTIA), and the 
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) (collectively, the 
``Parties'') jointly filed a request to extend the comment and reply 
comment deadlines in this proceeding until January 19, 2011, and 
February 18, 2011, respectively. The parties argue that ``[a] short-
term extension is in the public interest to allow interested parties to 
meaningfully address the issues raised in this proceeding.''
    3. We grant the parties' request for extension of time to file 
comments and reply comments. Generally, it is the policy of the 
Commission that extensions of time are not routinely granted. 
Nevertheless, the Commission has previously found that an extension of 
time is warranted when such an extension is necessary to ensure that 
the Commission receives full and informed responses and that affected 
parties have a meaningful opportunity to develop a complete record for 
the Commission's consideration. In light of the multitude of issues 
that the Commission seeks comment upon in the E911 Location Accuracy 
FNPRM and NOI, we find that an extension is warranted to ensure that 
all interested parties have the time necessary to prepare full and 
informed comments and reply comments.
    4. Additionally, we concur with the Parties that granting an 
extension of time would permit various Communications Security, 
Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) working groups to 
develop and finalize recommendations relating to E911 and NG911. As the 
Parties noted, ``[m]any of those working group members plan to file 
comments and/or reply comments in this proceeding.'' Indeed, in the 
E911 Location Accuracy FNPRM and NOI, the Commission highlighted the

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significance of CSRIC's contribution to this proceeding. Under these 
circumstances, the Bureau finds that the proposed extension of time 
will provide CSRIC working group members with the time to develop 
thorough recommendations for the CSRIC and meaningful comments in this 
    5. Accordingly, It is ordered that, pursuant to sections 4(i), 
4(j), and 5(c) of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 
155(c), and sections 0.191, 0.392, and 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 
47 CFR 0.191, 0.392, 1.46, the Joint Request for Extension of Comment 
and Reply Comment Deadlines filed by the Association of Public-Safety 
Communications Officials--International, the National Emergency Number 
Association, the National Association of State 911 Administrators, 
CTIA--The Wireless Association, and the Telecommunications Industry 
Association, Is Granted.

Federal Communications Commission.
Thomas J. Beers,
Chief, Policy Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
[FR Doc. 2011-121 Filed 1-6-11; 8:45 am]