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Countdown To Federal E911 Legislation: Minnesota

Important Update

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 more rigid than federal legislation, the state law then takes precedence. In essence, always aim to comply with the more precise regulations. Look out for our coming blog, where we will be outlining exactly what the FCC Report and Order means for businesses. 

 

The new FCC regulations are MORE STRINGENT than the current Minnesota state law, which we discuss below.

 

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 the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. 

 

Minnesota currently requires...

Operators of ECS purchased after December 31, 2004 must ensure that their system provides ANI and ALI for each 911 call. Residential ECS should provide one distinctive ANI and one distinctive ALI per residential unit. Location identification requirements for businesses are outlined. Also includes requirements for hotels/motels, schools, exemptions and guidelines to establish a private emergency answering point.

 

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 Minnesota, 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 even 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.