FCC Continues E911 Double Standard

from the your-tax-dollars-at-work dept

The FCC has proposed fining rural wireless operator Dobson Communications $750,000 for missing deadlines to implement emergency 911 systems -- you know, the same deadlines the FCC pushed back repeatedly and the ones they let some carriers ignore. This apparent toughness by the commission continues to obfuscate the fact that roughly half of the country's 911 call centers haven't upgraded their equipment to handle the location information from cell phones, preferring to spend the money collected for it on things like winter boots and ballpoint pens. What's the point of "getting tough" with carriers when it's the 911 centers that need the kick in the behind?


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    First, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:34pm

    FIRST!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 12:42pm

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    That nice

     

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    ryan, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 1:37pm

    FCC sucks

    the FCC is full of double standards. if they would quit bugging radio and tv stations about decency violations, maybe they could put some effort into fixing the real things that matter like the 911 system.

     

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    LordVader, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 2:40pm

    Government

    Welcome to the government. Double standards is the norm. Why is this news?

     

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    John, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 3:53pm

    Its a real doubble standard

    It is really sad that the Federal Government would make private complaies spend millions of dollars to upgrade their celluar systems to suppourt E911 when there is no push to equip state and local 911 centers with the equipment necessary to read the information.

     

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    m, Apr 19th, 2006 @ 9:05pm

    yup

    its VERY pathetic that our gov't has to work this way...and no one is going to stop it..as far as i know

    it really sickens me to think about it.

     

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