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EMERGENCY Text-to-911 Service By 2014? ASIF HASSAN / AFP

Text-to-911 Service By 2014?

“LOL there’s an emergency ;)” The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that the four wireless juggernauts are working with the commission to accelerate the availability of text-to-911 emergency services for its consumers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are working to majorly deploy the service in 2013, with the goal of having it available nationwide to 90 percent of consumers by May 15, 2014. The idea behind the service is that in some situation, a phone call could endanger a caller, or something could prevent a person from being able to call during some emergencies. “Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

December 7, 2012 2:40 PM