FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI ANNOUNCES STEPS TO BRING 9-1-1 INTO 21st CENTURY
[ Back ]   [ More News ]   [ Home ]
FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI ANNOUNCES STEPS TO BRING 9-1-1 INTO 21st CENTURY

Texting, Video Streaming, Data Sharing to 9-1-1 Envisioned For Consumers

Washington, D.C.— December 3, 2010 —At an event with public safety officials from Arlington County, Virginia today, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC will take steps to revolutionize America’s 9-1-1 system by harnessing the life-saving potential of text, photo, and video in emergencies.

“9-1-1 is an indispensible, live-saving tool,” said FCC Chairman Genachowski. “But today’s 9-1-1 system doesn’t support the communication tools of tomorrow. Even though mobile phones are the device of choice for most 9-1-1 callers, and we primarily use our phones to text, right now, you can’t text 9-1-1. It’s time to bring 9-1-1 into the digital age.”

Background:

 

Benefits of Next-Generation 9-1-1




Contact:

Jen Howard
FCC
202-418-0506
Email Contact