Breaking News: FCC Chair Announces Acceleration of Nationwide Text-to-911

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Breaking News: FCC Chair Announces Acceleration of Nationwide Text-to-911

Fri, 12/07/2012

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Commitment by Major U.S. Wireless Carriers & Public Safety Leaders to Accelerate Nationwide Text-to-911 Services.

Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today that the nation’s four largest wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014. Building on text-to-911 deployments and trials that are already underway, this agreement will accelerate progress and ensure that over 90 percent of the nation’s wireless consumers, including millions of consumers with hearing or speech disabilities, will be able to access emergency services by sending a text message to 911, where local 911 call centers (known as a Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs) are also prepared to receive the texts.

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