By Julian Hattem - 09/26/13 08:15 PM EDT
The commission hoped that the proposal would inspire wireless companies to make their networks more reliable.
That, in turn, would help people suffering through disasters, with an increasing number of people are relying on cell networks to get help during emergencies.
“The great majority of 911 calls (for example, a reported 75 percent of such calls in California) originate on wireless networks, and a growing number of U.S. households rely solely on wireless phones,” the FCC said in a statement.
In deciding to issue the proposal, the FCC used the example of cell service during Hurricane Sandy, which affected some wireless networks more than others.