Text to 911 Now Available in Select Areas
Buried under the noise of last week's net neutrality fracas was the FCC announcement that some carriers have started allowing users to text 911 in an emergency. According to the FCC announcement
, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile now allow users to text 911 with their emergency details and location to receive help. However, the market reach of this new service is limited, so the FCC then proceeds to warn users they "should not rely on text to reach 911" and that "in most cases, you cannot reach 911 by sending a text message." Not all 911 call centers on the back end in every county have upgraded to allow texts, obviously making this of dubious safety value until we're a little further down the road.