Posted on: 08/31/2007
Sprint Nextel, Alltel and U.S. Cellular Corp.
are facing a combined $2.8 million worth of
fines from the FCC for failing to meet an E911
Sprint faces a $1.3 million fine, Alltel’s is $1 million and U.S. Cellular’s
The FCC said it will fine the
companies because they did not meet the Dec.
31, 2005 deadline requiring 95 percent of the
wireless carriers' subscribers to have phones
that are location-capable.
The companies are the
only ones being fined by the FCC for failing to
meet the requirement. They have 30 days to pay
or appeal the fines.
The FCC said Sprint missed the mark by the widest margin – only 84 percent of
its subscribers had handsets that were location-capable.
A Sprint spokeswoman told the Associated Press
that the carrier has met the deadline and had
a 94.7 percent penetration rate in January.
“Our actions today underscore the critical importance that 911 services play
in the lives of the public,” FCC Chairman Kevin
Martin said. “I continue to believe that one
of the Commission’s highest obligations is
facilitating the ability of the public safety
community to help those in need. Effective
enforcement of our E911 rules is a valuable
and necessary tool in achieving this mission.”
Sprint Nextel www.sprint.com
U.S. Cellular www.uscellular.com