December 22, 2010

FCC to explore text-message 911 service

Although the decision to move forward on net-neutrality rules overshadowed it, the FCC moved forward on another significant effort on Tuesday: the E-911 inquiry. The Hills Technology blog reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe inquiry will look at ways to update the emergency system so people can text message, rather than just call, for help. It will also explore ways to allow people to send photos and video to first responders so they can better assess how to confront an emergency situation.

The inquiry also notes that text messaging could be useful "in circumstances where a call could further jeopardize someone’s life and safety — texting may be the only way to reach out for help." quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related:

-- FCC updating 911 for the texting generation

-- Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its new emergency system for cell phones. BMC

-- NOVES: Non-voice emergency services

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