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Text to 911 Now Available in Select Areas
by Karl Bode 07:58AM Monday May 19 2014
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.

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IowaCowboy
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Never happen in Massachusetts

911 call centers in Massachusetts don't even get location information unless you call from a landline. And if you call 911 from a cell phone you get the state police dispatch who has to transfer the call to the responding jurisdiction which requires you to repeat the nature of the emergency and location information TWICE when seconds count. This is why I keep a landline.
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Re: Never happen in Massachusetts

said by IowaCowboy:

when seconds count...

...the police are only minutes away.

battleop

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OMG!

Texter: OMG Hlp plz!
E911: Where r u?
Texer: IDK u need 2 come quk!
E911: OMG y u not tell me
Texter: 921 Main St
E911: OMW!
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n2jtx

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Re: OMG!

ROTFLMAO YMMV

David
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LMAO!!! that was fantastic! YOu win +1 internets.

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said by battleop:

Texter: OMG Hlp plz!
E911: Where r u?
Texer: IDK u need 2 come quk!
E911: OMG y u not tell me
Texter: 921 Main St
E911: OMW!

E911: OMG y u not tell me
Texter: 71.566667, -160.000000
E911: ETA 2 weeks!

n2jtx

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Glen Head, NY

Reminds Me Of An Old Joke...

...on Hollywood Squares forty or so years ago. Paul Lynde was asked the question (which knowing his orientation made it an odd question) "your girlfriend passes out at home while having dinner. You loosen her blouse and then what?" His response was "send a postcard requesting an ambulance". I sometimes wonder when I hear about the texting to 911 whether a postcard might be faster.
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Fire...

I still remember this bit... (moss emails the fire dept)

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WhatNow
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Use as last resort

Like the problems 911 from cell phones have text have the same problem. The POTS phones system is set up to route your call to the correct 911 center but the internet text can not do that . You may be on the wrong side of the street to get the correct service. About the only people it may help right now are the deaf and someone under attack that is hiding from the attacker.

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Newburgh, NY

I read a news piece (fluff story) about this..

It was written from one of the dispatch centers where 911 texting works. It seems the first 911 text they received was from someone driving their car and texting in to report a possible drunk driver they were following. I guess the person reporting the drunk driver never read the studies that show that someone driving while texting is considered 10 TIMES more dangerous than a drunk driver.
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