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FCC Adopts Rules To Promote Widespread Text-To-911 Availability

August 27, 2014 / Source: Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to enable Americans to text 911 in an emergency. Building on commitments made by America's four largest wireless carriers to support text-to-911 by May 2014, the new rules will ensure that all remaining wireless carriers and certain IP-based text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of the year. After that time, if a 911 call center requests text-to-911, text messaging providers will have six months to deploy the service in that area. In the future, this action will make text-to-911 more uniformly available, and will keep pace with how Americans communicate. . For now. however, people who have an emergency should still call 911 and not rely on texts.

To learn more about text-to-911, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/text-to-911