Learn more about RAY BAUM’s Act and other 911 regulations from 911 expert Thomas Ginter.
What it requires
RAY BAUM’s Act requires that 911 calls from multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) include a “dispatchable location.” According to the FCC, that is “a location delivered to the PSAP with a 911 call that consists of the validated street address of the calling party, plus additional information such as suite, apartment, or similar information necessary to adequately identify the location of the calling party.”
Breaking it down
To better understand that, think of trying to get directions. If you’ve ever circled a complex looking for your actual destination, you’ve experienced the difference between an address and a dispatchable location. You got close, but that extra specificity made all the difference.
Where DLR comes in
While provisioning dispatchable location for fixed VoIP phones is straightforward, users with softphones require new solutions like DLR to meet the requirements of RAY BAUM’s Act for nomadic VoIP (deadline of January 6, 2022).
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