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The FCC announced the dates that certain types of communications systems must comply with dispatchable location requirements stemming from the Kari’s Law Act of 2017 and Ray Baum’s Act.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently completed the approval process for the information collection requirements the FCC adopted when implementing the two acts. When implementing those acts, the FCC adopted dispatchable location requirements to improve the accuracy of caller location information provided to public-safety answering points (PSAP) when users call or text 9-1-1.

These requirements apply to fixed telephony; interconnected VoIP, including outbound-only VoIP; mobile text; multiline telephone systems (MLTS); and internet-based telecommunications relay services.

Those rule changes resulted in new or modified information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) that required OMB approval. On Oct. 23, the commission published a notice in the Federal Register announcing OMB’s approval of the information collection requirements applicable to TRS. On Dec. 3, the commission published a notice in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval of the information collection requirements applicable to fixed telephony, interconnected VoIP, mobile text and MLTS.

The compliance dates for each type of system are: • Fixed telephony: January 6, 2021 • Mobile text: January 6, 2022 • Interconnected VoIP: January 6, 2021 for fixed VoIP services and January 6, 2022, for non-fixed VoIP services • MLTS: January 6, 2021, for one section of the rules and January 6, 2022, for two other sections. • TRS: January 6, 2021, for fixed services and January 6, 2022, for non-fixed services Find the full order here.

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