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Help! 911 Texting Coming in 2014, FCC Says

Help! 911 Texting Coming in 2014, FCC Says
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Finally! The FCC has announced a voluntary two-year plan to allow users on the nation’s four largest carriers to text 911, and actually be assured of getting the help they need. The FCC expects the plan to go into effect in most areas next year with the 90 percent of the nation’s wireless subscribers receiving coverage by May 15, 2014.

This program is part of the FCC’s overall attempt to adapt the rules and regulations of the landline era to the current mobile and IP world and is specifically part of the agency’s Next Generation 911 (NG911) services. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had called for this ability about two years ago, so it’s good to see momentum building.