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June 5, 2015

CTIA Announces Key Progress Toward Enhanced 9-1-1 Location Accuracy .

WASHINGTONCTIA-The Wireless Association®, along with a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders and partners, today announced the formation of an Advisory Group and Working Groups as part of the continuing effort to enhance wireless 9-1-1 location accuracy.

Earlier this year, the FCC adopted new rules that require wireless service providers to improve 91-1 location accuracy. The FCC’s rules were based on a Roadmap to Improve 9-1-1 Location Accuracy adopted last year by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA).

The Advisory Group and Working Groups were established to advise and provide guidance on implementation of key elements of the FCC’s Order, including a test bed for evaluating location technologies, national emergency address database, Z-axis location information and standards necessary to support these elements.

“Improved wireless 9-1-1 will require the commitment of dozens of stakeholders, including the public safety, people with disabilities, state and local governments and the mobile industry, and we are very encouraged by the broad cross-section of groups that have come together to help implement the FCC’s aggressive timetable,” said Scott Bergmann, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA. “Today’s announcement continues CTIA’s and our member companies’ long-standing support and commitment to providing public safety with the most accurate information possible.”


9-1-1 Location Accuracy Advisory Group Members:

  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • APCO International
  • Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • Competitive Carriers Association
  • CTIA-The Wireless Association
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Association of Counties
  • National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators
  • National Associations of State EMS Officials
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • National Conference of State Legislators
  • National Emergency Number Association
  • National Governors Association
  • National League of Cities
  • PCIA–The Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
  • Telecommunications Industry Association
  • VON Coalition 

9-1-1 Location Accuracy Working Group Participating Organizations:

  • APCO International
  • AT&T
  • Bosch Sensortec
  • Broadcom
  • Ericsson
  • General Motors
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Intrado
  • iPosi
  • Motorola Mobility
  • National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators
  • NENA
  • NextNav
  • Nokia
  • Omnitrail
  • Polaris
  • Qualcomm
  • Redsky
  • RXNetworks
  • Sprint
  • STMicroelectronics
  • TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.
  • T-Mobile
  • True Position
  • U.S. Cellular
  • Verizon Wireless


CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. With members from wireless carriers and their suppliers to providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products, the association brings together a dynamic group of companies that enable consumers to lead a 21st century connected life. CTIA members benefit from its vigorous advocacy at all levels of government for policies that foster the continued innovation, investment and economic impact of America’s competitive and world-leading mobile ecosystem. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives and convenes the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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