Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Alaskan 911 totally screwed up

For the past two years the Regulatory Commission of Alaska has been tackling a tough issue: how to make Enhanced 911 work throughout the state.

But the Commission has been told it didn't have the authority to adopt the regulations to make the program work.

The Department of Law said it doesn't appear the Commission has the authority, even though the State Legislature had asked the Commission to come up with appropriate standards for the telephone systems.

In late September, the Commission decided to pursue a legislative solution to allow the commission's regulations to stand. "Because it involves hardware manufacturers and local governments, how the telephone systems interact with local governments' E-911 systems, it's a very technical process," Commissioner Mark Johnson said. The Commission is awaiting a Department of Law recommendation on how to pursue the issue. (info from

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