FAIRBANKS, Alaska - During an emergency, every second counts.
A new law is going to make it easier for people to get emergency help. Kari’s Law will require direct 9-1-1 dialing without the need to dial extra digits.
Kari’s law will make sure that people don’t have to dial a number to dial out when they are calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. But the law only applies to multi-line phones installed or manufactured *after February 2020.
So what about older phones?
DC Bureau’s Jillian Angeline spoke with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.
He wants to make sure every phone can call 9-1-1 without the extra digit. Pai said there’s a simple fix.
“We’re gonna keep banging the drum. Every single time I talk to these equipment manufacturers or service providers or folks in the hotel and lodging industry, I’ve consistently said, look there’s a simple fix,” said FCC Chairman Pai.
“We want to make sure there’s not an access code, a 9 or an 8 or whatever number standing in the way,” he said.
Pai said he has received a positive response from the industry about the upgrades.
If you have one of these multi-line phones, Pai is encouraging you to contact the companies that maintains those phones.