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mental program under paragraph (1). Such field tests shall include
(A) an opportunity for the public to comment on interference; and
(B) independent audience listening tests to determine what is objectionable and harmful interference to the average radio listener.
(3) The Commission shall publish the results of the experimental program and field tests and afford an opportunity for the public to comment on such results. The Federal Communications Commission shall submit a report on the experimental program and field tests to the Committee on Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate not later than February 1, 2001. Such report shall include
(A) an analysis of the experimental program and field tests and of the public comment received by the Commission;
(B) an evaluation of the impact of the modification or elimination of minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels on
(i) listening audiences;
(ii) incumbent FM radio broadcasters in general, and on minority and small market broadcasters in particular, including an analysis of the economic impact on such broadcasters;
(iii) the transition to digital radio for terrestrial radio broadcasters:
(iv) stations that provide a reading service for the blind to the public; and
(v) FM radio translator stations; (C) the Commission's recommendations to the Congress to reduce or eliminate the minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels required by subsection (a); and
(D) such other information and recommendations as the Commission considers appropriate.
SECTIONS 2, 4, AND 6 OF THE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT OF 1999
SECTION 1. (47 U.S.C. 609 note] SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999”. SEC. 2. (47 U.S.C. 615 note) FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) FINDINGS.—The Congress finds that,
(1) the establishment and maintenance of an end-to-end communications infrastructure among members of the public, emergency safety, fire service and law enforcement officials, emergency dispatch providers, transportation officials, and hospital emergency and trauma care facilities will reduce response times for the delivery of emergency care, assist in delivering appropriate care, and thereby prevent fatalities, substantially reduce the severity and extent of injuries, reduce time lost from work, and save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs;
(2) the rapid, efficient deployment of emergency telecommunications service requires statewide coordination of the efforts of local public safety, fire service and law enforcement officials, emergency dispatch providers, and transportation officials; the establishment of sources of adequate funding for carrier and public safety, fire service and law enforcement agency technology development and deployment; the coordination and integration of emergency communications with traffic control and management systems and the designation of 9-1-1 as the number to call in emergencies throughout the Nation;
(3) emerging technologies can be a critical component of the end-to-end communications infrastructure connecting the public with emergency medical service providers and gency dispatch providers, public safety, fire service and law enforcement officials, and hospital emergency and trauma care facilities, to reduce emergency response times and provide appropriate care;
(4) improved public safety remains an important public health objective of Federal, State, and local governments and substantially facilitates interstate and foreign commerce;
(5) emergency care systems, particularly in rural areas of the Nation, will improve with the enabling of prompt notification of emergency services when motor vehicle crashes occur; and
(6) the construction and operation of seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable wireless telecommunications systems promote public safety and provide immediate and critical communications links among members of the public; emergency medical service providers and emergency dispatch providers; public safety, fire service and law enforcement officials; transportation officials, and hospital emergency and trauma care facilities.
(b) PURPOSE.—The purpose of this Act is to encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment throughout the United States of a seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable end-to-end infrastructure for communications, including wireless communications, to meet the Nation's public safety and other communications needs.
SEC. 4. (47 U.S.C. 615a) PARITY OF PROTECTION FOR PROVISION OR
USE OF WIRELESS SERVICE. (a) PROVIDER PARITY.—A wireless carrier, and its officers, directors, employees, vendors, and agents, shall have immunity or other protection from liability in a State of a scope and extent that is not less than the scope and extent of immunity or other protection from liability that any local exchange company, and its officers, directors, employees, vendors, or agents, have under Federal and State law (whether through statute, judicial decision, tariffs filed by such local exchange company, or otherwise) applicable in such State, including in connection with an act or omission involving the release to a PSAP, emergency medical service provider or emergency dispatch provider, public safety, fire service or law enforcement official, or hospital emergency or trauma care facility of subscriber information related to emergency calls or emergency services.
(b) USER PARITY.--A person using wireless 9-1-1 service shall have immunity or other protection from liability of a scope and extent that is not less than the scope and extent of immunity or other protection from liability under applicable law in similar circumstances of a person using 9-1-1 service that is not wireless.
(c) PSAP PARITY.-In matters related to wireless 9-1-1 communications, a PSAP, and its employees, vendors, agents, and authorizing government entity (if any) shall have immunity or other protection from liability of a scope and extent that is not less than the scope and extent of immunity or other protection from liability under applicable law accorded to such PSAP, employees, vendors, agents, and authorizing government entity, respectively, in matters related to 9-1-1 communications that are not wireless.
(d) BASIS FOR ENACTMENT.—This section is enacted as an exercise of the enforcement power of the Congress under section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the power of the Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations, among the several States, and with Indian tribes.
SEC. 6. (47 U.S.C. 615b] DEFINITIONS.
(1) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Transportation.
(2) STATE.—The term “State” means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, or any territory or possession of the United States.