Enhanced 911, The FCC, and a Grandfather’s Mandate for Direct Dial
February 11, 2014•27 min
In an emergency, seconds count. What if you couldn’t call 911 because you couldn’t reach an outside line? On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host J. Craig Williams interviews Henry “Hank” Hunt, the man petitioning for Kari’s Law, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. Together they discuss the importance of uniform dialing for 911.
Henry Hunt’s nine year old granddaughter, through no fault of her own, could not reach 911 to save her mother. Despite her multiple attempts, the calls would not connect because the hotel’s phone system required dialing 9 to get an outside line. In the wake of these events, this Texas grandfather started the Kari’s Law petition which calls for mandated direct-dial 911.
Ajit Pai serves as FCC Commissioner focusing on regulatory environments where competition and innovation flourish. He is the former Associate General Counsel at Verizon. In addition, he has served as Senior Counsel with the Department of Justice and Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights.