In September of last year, we ran a piece on a study in California that found the ability of the state's 911 centers to determine the location of a call for help was declining. Principal in those findings was the growing use of cellphones and the corresponding lack of GPS accuracy when a call from one of those phones was being made from inside a building. The consideration of how to fix that technical issue has recently taken on a new flavor - advocacy groups and legislators are getting involved. More below:
(The Hill, January 16, 2014)
(AP, January 3, 2014)
(Government Technology, December 10, 2013)
Comment: This is going to be an interesting food-fight to watch. On the one hand, you can't legislate the physics of electrons, on the other, there is clearly a problem which needs to be fixed.