Today's Regulatory Mix: FCC Designates 988 As 3-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline, FCC Revises Broadband Mapping Requirements, FCC Adopts Robocall Safe Harbors, FCC Implements Secured Network Act, FCC Finalizes Wireless 911 Location Accuracy Rules
FCC Designates 988 As 3-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline
At its Open Meeting, the FCC voted to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. This includes all telecommunications carriers as well as all interconnected and one-way VoIP service providers. Under the new rules, calls to 988 will be directed to 1-800-273-TALK, which will remain operational during the 988 transition and after it is completed.