The FCC has denied all requests for extensions to a federal mandate for E911 services, which allow emergency call centers to locate wireless callers. The mandate called for 95 percent of a carrier's subscribers' handsets to be location-capable by December 31, 2005, however, no carrier made the cut. The FCC denied the extension requests for the big carriers last May, but late last week the FCC released all the denials together. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Leap Wireless, Qwest Wireless, Alltel, Centennial, Dobson, U.S. Cellular and Nextel Partners were each denied their petitions.
For more on the FCC's E911 decision:
- see this article from the AP