Emergency Services Interconnection  Forum (ESIF)


Inaugural Meeting
May 7-8, 2002
Washington, DC

Call for Participation and Pre-Registration
May 7-8, 2002 Meeting begins at 1pm on May 7, 2002.

Background: While standards have been established to meet the FCC’s mandates regarding Enhanced Emergency Services (E9-1-1), there still remain many issues relating to their implementation, particularly with the Wireless Phase I and II requirements. The Commission recently noted that “despite the substantial progress to date”, much remains to be done by industry to achieve the “FCC’s fundamental goal of having wireless E9-1-1 Phase II capabilities deployed throughout the country”. They further comment that deployment is contingent on the “participation and effective cooperation” of the various stakeholders. Interested parties/stakeholders attempted to resolve some of these issues through an industry-sponsored forum that was disbanded several years ago. Today, these stakeholders are interested in re-establishing the initiative with a more comprehensive scope.

Mission: The Emergency Services Interconnect Forum (ESIF) will be convened to bring the stakeholders together. The Forum’s mission will be to facilitate the identification and resolution of technical implementation issues related to the interconnection of emergency telephony and related information services.

Scope: The ESIF will be an open, technical forum with the voluntary participation of interested parties to identify and resolve recognized emergency services interconnection issues. The interest of all participants will be served by observing the principles of openness, fairness, consensus, and due process. The ESIF will coordinate with standards and governmental organizations as necessary.

Initial discussions will be limited to the FCC’s Wireless Phase I and II mandates but may expand into other areas of emergency services based on need.

Issues: Issues to be discussed starting at the inaugural meeting include:

Default processes in the routing of wireless 911 calls
Responsibility for the E2 interface
Methodology for the monitoring of overflow conditions on PSAP trunks.
MSC overflow to 7 digit numbers when all 911 circuits are busy
Establishment of Emergency Communications link
Qualifications for a candidate for the establishment of a Federal Telecommunications Service Priority circuit
Establishment of a Homeland Security liaison officer between wireline and wireless carriers and essential services agencies
Phase 2 location reliability factor
PSAP documentation to satisfy the Richardson Order verification requirement
Wireless callback number
Processing of 911 calls from non-initialized phones