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Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act 911

Multi-line Telephone Systems – Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’S Act 911 Direct Dialing, Notification, and Dispatchable Location Requirements





Read the full text at FCC Website.


New FCC Requirements

On August 1st, 2019, the FCC released its report and order regarding E911. In it the FCC has decided to establish minimum rules for all MLTS platforms. That means every single business in the United States is now required to offer the following:


Kari’s Law – Direct Dialing and Notification for MLTS

Feb. 17, 2020:*

Dial 911 without a prefix

Notify a central location when 911 is dialed

RAY BAUM’S Act – Dispatchable Location for MLTS

ACCURATE DISPATCHABLE LOCATIONS

Address

Floor

Room


Under Section 506 of RAY BAUM’S Act, the Commission has adopted rules to ensure that “dispatchable location” is conveyed with 911 calls to dispatch centers, regardless of the technological platform used, including 911 calls from MLTS. Dispatchable location means a location delivered to the PSAP with a 911 call that consists of the validated street address of the calling party, plus additional information such as suite, apartment, or similar information necessary to adequately identify the location of the calling party. (47 CFR § 9.3.) For further information on dispatchable location requirements applicable to non-MLTS, including compliance timelines, see the sort by Dispatchable Location web page.

Fixed Phones: Hardphones that are static in an environment. These phones must meet these requirements January 6th, 2021.


Non-Fixed: Softphones or Hardphones that move in the environment. These phones must meet these requirements by January 6th, 2022


Remote: Off-premise 911 calls such as remote workers or people working from home. These phones must meet requirements by January 6th, 2022.


Sidenote

It is unclear how a remote user on VPN will be subject to this requirement at this time. People travel and it is not feasible to know if they are at a hotel or a restaurant if using a soft phone on a network outside of corporate control.

Implementing Kari's Law and RAY BAUM'S Act; Inquiry Concerning 911 Access, Routing, and Location in Enterprise Communications Systems; Amending the Definition of Interconnected VoIP Service


Solutions

Kari’s law can be solved with Singlewire Emergency Notification Dial Aware and verifying you can dial 911 without a prefix like 9,911.

Ray Baum’s law will require Cisco Emergency Responder or another location based service along with working with your carrier to verify DIDs are associated with locations. Remote workers dialing through a central location will present a unique challenge but that date is set for Jan 2022.


Cisco Questions and Answers on Compliance with Kari’s Law and Ray Baum’s Act


This document is not legal advice and may change after publication.


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