Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell has announced that the commission will kick off an Enhanced 911 Coordination Initiative in a bid to accelerate E911 deployment. The initiative is planned for a late April launch.

FCC Commissioners Adelstein and Abernathy explained that the meeting will follow up on Hatfield Report findings and recommendations.

“Wireless E911 deployment is an urgent priority deserving of the ever-increasing attention of the commission and Congress,” Chairman Powell explained. “My fellow commissioners and I look forward to playing a constructive role in facilitating communication between and among the various parties tasked with making E911 deployment a reality. It is our responsibility to ensure that all wireless consumers have access to this lifesaving technology – and the E911 Initiative we announce today is another step in that direction.”