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Countdown To Federal E911 Legislation: Maine

The FCC adopted a Report and Order on August 1, 2019. These regulations, which provide rules for Kari’s Law and Ray Baum’s Act, may be more stringent than your current state E911 legislation. However, if your state’s regulations are in fact more stringent than federal legislation, the state law then takes precedence. In essence, always aim to comply with the more stringent regulations. 

 

The new FCC regulations are MORE STRINGENT than the current Maine state law, which we discuss below. However, during the grace period allowed by the FCC to comply with the new Order, you must still abide by your state’s regulations. 

 

Countdown to Federal E9-1-1 Legislation…

Are you prepared for when the new federal E9-1-1 legislation goes into effect this September? We will be discussing a different state every Thursday, so you can get the most up-to-date E9-1-1 information about your state’s requirements, what this means for you, and what you can do to become compliant. This week we are highlighting Maine, The Way Life Should Be.

 

Maine currently requires...

Residential ECS providers must deliver a distinct ANI and ALI for each living unit to the PSAP. Business ECS providers must deliver ANI or ALI to the PSAP; specific ALI data requirements are outlined. Also includes requirements for hotels/motels, exemptions and guidelines to establish a private emergency answering point. State of Maine - MLTS installed or upgraded after July 27, 2005 require a minimum of one ANI/ALI per floor, per 40,000 square feet. 25 MRSA 2934. 

 

All states now require…

On August 1, 2019, the FCC adopted a Report and Order detailing rules for Kari’s Law and the Ray Baum Act. We, at RedSky, are still in the process of distilling every detail outlined in the Report and Order, however it is clear that there will be requirements for automatically providing “dispatchable location” for 9-1-1 calls from MLTS devices. Additionally, all phones must be able to directly dial 9-1-1 without any additional digit, prefix, or trunk-access code beforehand, such as ‘9’. Furthermore, capable MLTS devices from which 9-1-1 is dialed must provide a notification to a central location at the facility where the system is installed alerting another person or organization to the existence of an emergency call. 

 

What this means for you and your business...

If you are a business in Maine, and someone calls 9-1-1 from a phone within your enterprise, there already exist regulations about providing the exact location of that call, with a few exceptions. The FCC regulations strengthen these rules, and will further outline liabilities in terms of providing “dispatchable location” for any 9-1-1 call coming from an MLTS. Also, as businesses are trending toward mobility, a solution that tracks soft-phone locations and routes remote calls becomes even more imperative. RedSky Technologies does exactly this for your company, so you can continue to expand your business without boundaries while complying with state, and now federal, legislation. Additionally, RedSky’s on-site notification technology will bring your company into compliance with Kari’s Law. 

 

We cover…

RedSky works with some of the largest companies in the world, equipping them with technology to confidently grow into the future. We protect some of the largest organizations in the country. The largest insurance companies, banks, governments at local, state, and federal levels, school districts and universities, medical centers, and airlines all trust RedSky to provide them with comprehensive E9-1-1 protection. These companies work with us because we allow them to focus on running and growing their unique organizations, while we focus on building and providing the best E9-1-1 solutions.

 

Are you prepared for E9-1-1? Ask your Director of IT / HR about what your plans are for this legislation, and emergency preparedness.