FCC Approves Kari’s Law to Begin February 2020 (Direct Dial 911)

DENVER, CO- JANUARY 28: 911 call taker Tiffanni Foster takes 911 emergency calls at the Denver City and County Communications Center on January 8th, 2013. The center is located at 950 North Josephine street in Denver, Colorado. Denver Police 911 call takers and dispatchers are getting a 20% failure rate on their performance audits. This is happening as questions swirl around whether police dispatch is doing an adequate job.
Image: Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post

The FCC has approved Kari’s Law, which requires direct access to 911 on multi-line phones.

The FCC has approved Kari’s Law, a new law that requires all multi-line phones in places like hotels and office buildings to direct dial 911, according to NewsChannel6Now.com.

The law applies to multi-line phones installed or manufactured after February 2020.

The law is named for Kari Hunt who was murdered in a Texas hotel room in 2014. Her 9-year-old daughter was unable to reach 911 during her attack but because she did not know to dial a 9 to get an outside line first. At the time, the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that just about 45 percent of franchised hotels and motels and 32 percent of independent hotels had direct 911 dialing.

The bill was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2018.

Learn more about 911 calls:

The 911 Silent Call Procedure That Specifies Public Safety Services

 

 

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