FCC Approves Kari's Law to Begin February 2020 (Direct Dial 911)

The FCC has approved Kari's Law, which requires direct access to 911 on multi-line phones.


The FCC has approved Kari's Law, a new law that requires all multi-line phones in places like hotels and office buildings to direct dial 911, according to NewsChannel6Now.com.

The law applies to multi-line phones installed or manufactured after February 2020.

The law is named for Kari Hunt who was murdered in a Texas hotel room in 2014. Her 9-year-old daughter was unable to reach 911 during her attack but because she did not know to dial a 9 to get an outside line first. At the time, the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that just about 45 percent of franchised hotels and motels and 32 percent of independent hotels had direct 911 dialing.

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The bill was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2018.

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