Posted: Feb 13, 2014 3:45 PMUpdated: Feb 13, 2014 3:45 PM
FCC Votes to Expand Text-to-911
With the rise in cell phone usage and texting becoming more common, the FCC recently voted that text 911 should be standard all across the country. At this time, Iowa, Maine, and Vermont are the only states that have full coverage of text to 911 while 29 other counties in 11 states have the service. The system would be similar to regular 911 in that you would send a text to 911 describing your problem and the local 911 dispatcher would receive the text and send out help as needed. Currently, no counties or municipalities in the area can receive these texts and Mitch Antle, E911 Coordinator for Washington County says that money for technology is the problem.
When the FCC made their decision on text to 911, they also set out to determine if it could be accomplished by December of this year. Antle thinks it is a stretch, since it is the actual cell companies that would need to make the change.
All told however, Antle believes this is something that should be done.
To see a complete list of counties where text to 911 is available click here. (PDF File)
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