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 First we want to cover and important aspect. Many times when a 911 call takes place, it occurs in a multi building or multi floor / location. Our IP/PBX allows E911 calls to be drilled down to building, floor, room if needed. This is particularly important to Hosted solutions as well. E911 remote notification is addressed at the end of this article, and is often over looked as "Not Required". Although not currently required, Litecom solutions include Multiple On / Off premise call notifications, and multiple email address notifications.

First, The Story Behind Kari's Law:
In 2013, Hank Hunt's daughter, Kari, was attacked and killed by her estranged husband in a Marshall, Texas hotel room. Kari's nine-year-old daughter was in the room and tried calling 911 on the hotel phone. She dialed 911 four times as her mother was attacked. But not one of her calls ever went through. Why? The hotel phone required guests to dial a "9" before calling outside the hotel—even for 911. Since that day, Hank has worked tirelessly—and successfully—with the FCC and Congress to change the law so that a "9" is no longer needed for 911 calls from multi-line systems like hotel phones. His efforts culminated in Kari's Law becoming the law of the land on Feb. 16, 2018. Hank joins Chairman Pai to share his story and discuss his five-year journey to enact Kari's law, including his work with the FCC.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/582
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[Congressional Bills 115th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[H.R. 582 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

      H.R.582

                   One Hundred Fifteenth Congress

                               of the

                      United States of America


                        AT THE SECOND SESSION

       Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
         the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen


                               An Act


To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone
systems to have a configuration that permits users to directly initiate
a call to 9-1-1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or
                  post-fix, and for other purposes.

  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the ``Kari's Law Act of 2017''.
SEC. 2. CONFIGURATION OF MULTI-LINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS FOR DIRECT
DIALING OF 9-1-1.
  (a) In General.--Title VII of the Communications Act of 1934 (47
U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:
  ``SEC. 721. CONFIGURATION OF MULTI-LINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS FOR
    DIRECT DIALING OF 9-1-1.
  ``(a) System Manufacture, Importation, Sale, and Lease.--A person
engaged in the business of manufacturing, importing, selling, or
leasing multi-line telephone systems may not manufacture or import for
use in the United States, or sell or lease or offer to sell or lease in
the United States, a multi-line telephone system, unless such system is
pre-configured such that, when properly installed in accordance with
subsection (b), a user may directly initiate a call to 9-1-1 from any
station equipped with dialing facilities, without dialing any
additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access
code such as the digit `9', regardless of whether the user is required
to dial such a digit, code, prefix, or post-fix for other calls.
  ``(b) System Installation, Management, and Operation.--A person
engaged in the business of installing, managing, or operating multi-
line telephone systems may not install, manage, or operate for use in
the United States such a system, unless such system is configured such
that a user may directly initiate a call to 9-1-1 from any station
equipped with dialing facilities, without dialing any additional digit,
code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access code such as the
digit `9', regardless of whether the user is required to dial such a
digit, code, prefix, or post-fix for other calls.
  ``(c) On-Site Notification.--A person engaged in the business of
installing, managing, or operating multi-line telephone systems shall,
in installing, managing, or operating such a system for use in the
United States, configure the system to provide a notification to a
central location at the facility where the system is installed or to
another person or organization regardless of location, if the system is
able to be configured to provide the notification without an
improvement to the hardware or software of the system.
  ``(d) Effect on State Law.--Nothing in this section is intended to
alter the authority of State commissions or other State or local
agencies with jurisdiction over emergency communications, if the
exercise of such authority is not inconsistent with this Act.
  ``(e) Enforcement.--This section shall be enforced under title V,
except that section 501 applies only to the extent that such section
provides for the punishment of a fine.
  ``(f) Multi-Line Telephone System Defined.--In this section, the
term `multi-line telephone system' has the meaning given such term in
section 6502 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of
2012 (47 U.S.C. 1471).''.
  (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall
apply with respect to a multi-line telephone system that is
manufactured, imported, offered for first sale or lease, first sold or
leased, or installed after the date that is 2 years after the date of
the enactment of this Act.

                             Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                          Vice President of the United States and    
                                             President of the Senate.
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02/16/2018 - Became Public Law No: 115-127.
02/16/2018 - Signed by President.
02/09/2018 - House - Presented to President.
02/09/2018-5:34am - House - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.                                    
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Shown Here:
Public Law No: 115-127 (02/16/2018)
(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on February 5, 2018. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Kari's Law Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit businesses from manufacturing or importing for use in the United States, or selling or leasing in the United States, a multi-line telephone system unless it is pre-configured to allow users to directly initiate a call to 9-1-1 (without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access code such as the digit "9") from any station equipped with dialing facilities.

Businesses are prohibited from installing, managing, or operating multi-line telephone systems without such a direct 9-1-1 call configuration.

Businesses installing, managing, or operating such systems for use in the United States must configure the systems to provide a notification to a central location at the facility where the system is installed, or to another person or organization regardless of location, if the system is able to be so configured without an improvement to the hardware or software.
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