Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Text-to-911 Update

True to their word, on May 15, 2014, the nation's four major cellphone providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) began providing a Text-to-911 capability on their systems coast to coast. Unfortunately, because local call answering centers (PSAPs - Public Safety Answering Points) must be configured to handle this type of communication, the impact was not immediately noticeable for John Q. Public. Links below explain the situation:

(MPR, May 20, 2014)

Comment: Additional background information from May 2013 is available this blog: One Year Out: Text-to-911. And, if you missed it in the CNET article or on the FCC website, the link below goes to a list of locations where Text-to-911 will work as of May 16, 2014:

(FCC, May 16, 2014)

Graphic credit: CNET

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