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BY ANNA BURKART

Got an emergency? Starting in May 2014, 90 percent of cellphone users nationwide will be able to text 911. Headline News has the details.

“The FCC announced today that the four largest wireless carriers will start implementing the service in some areas in 2013, dubbed Next Generation 911. But the FCC is stressing that the service will be a complement to and not a substitute for 911.”

This move by Federal Communication Commission is an attempt to address a growing generation of mobile device users. According to NextGov the FCC Chairman announced:

“Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century -- and today, we are one step closer towards that vital goal.” 

While only a few call centers can respond to texts now, by 2014 the service is expected to be much more functional. According to a blogger for Bloomberg Business:

“...during the transitional phase if someone texts 911 the carriers have committed to sending a bounce-back text if the text did not go through” However, “getting a failed bounce-back text that causes your phone to beep might also be dangerous.”  

Even with a growing number of texters, one Geekosystem blogger is a little skeptical of the new service:

“...the very same distracting activity that has led to so many vehicular tragedies and other lethal mishaps will soon become our lifeline. You know, for those moments when we find ourselves trapped under rubble or are about to be mauled by a grizzly bear. Only after you text your friends first, naturally.” 

On the other hand, according to the Association Press, texting could come in handy for people with certain disabilities or when a calling might be dangerous, such as kidnapping situations.

Phone Companies to Allow 9-1-1 Texting in 2014

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Dec 8, 2012

Phone Companies to Allow 9-1-1 Texting in 2014

 

(Image Source: Geekosytem)

BY ANNA BURKART

Got an emergency? Starting in May 2014, 90 percent of cellphone users nationwide will be able to text 911. Headline News has the details.

“The FCC announced today that the four largest wireless carriers will start implementing the service in some areas in 2013, dubbed Next Generation 911. But the FCC is stressing that the service will be a complement to and not a substitute for 911.”

This move by Federal Communication Commission is an attempt to address a growing generation of mobile device users. According to NextGov the FCC Chairman announced:

“Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century -- and today, we are one step closer towards that vital goal.” 

While only a few call centers can respond to texts now, by 2014 the service is expected to be much more functional. According to a blogger for Bloomberg Business:

“...during the transitional phase if someone texts 911 the carriers have committed to sending a bounce-back text if the text did not go through” However, “getting a failed bounce-back text that causes your phone to beep might also be dangerous.”  

Even with a growing number of texters, one Geekosystem blogger is a little skeptical of the new service:

“...the very same distracting activity that has led to so many vehicular tragedies and other lethal mishaps will soon become our lifeline. You know, for those moments when we find ourselves trapped under rubble or are about to be mauled by a grizzly bear. Only after you text your friends first, naturally.” 

On the other hand, according to the Association Press, texting could come in handy for people with certain disabilities or when a calling might be dangerous, such as kidnapping situations.

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