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12-13-2012, 03:33 AM #1
FCC Proposes Initiative Asking Apple and Other Wireless Services to Provide Text-to-911
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently proposed a set of guidelines regarding emergency text-to-911 messages that would require cellular carrier and internet-based messaging providers like Apple to support the initiative. According to the new statement from the FCC, the body hopes to add messaging services like Apple’s Messages app to an existing voluntary commitment from the four largest U.S. cellular carriers, all of which promised to activate text-to-911 capabilities by 2014. The FCC said the following:
Implementing text-to-911 will keep pace with how consumers communicate today and can provide a lifesaving alternative in situations where a person with a hearing or speech disability is unable to make a voice call, where voice networks are congested, or where a 911 voice call could endanger the caller.
By proposing to extend text-to-911 requirements to certain “over the top” applications [...] the FCC’s proposal would ensure that as text messaging evolves, consumers will be able to reach 911 by the same texting methods they use every day.
It definitely seems like having such a feature could come in quite handy for those who are in trouble. After thinking about it some, it seems like a bit of a surprise that such a feature hasn’t already been implemented. Either way, I’m glad to see that the necessary steps to get the initiative rolling are in motion.
Source: FCC via AppleInsider
12-13-2012, 03:38 AM #2
I like this Idea, the fact that you might be incapable of talking on the phone for what EVER the reason makes this Option VERY useful.
12-13-2012, 06:34 AM #3
Lets go FCC!! This is a great idea.
12-13-2012, 08:15 AM #4
AT&T and the state of Tennessee currently have this program in the trial phase. I want to try it out because I have a completely unfounded fear of it not working if I ever potentially needed it.
I think I will text 911 when I see a car accident next.
12-13-2012, 08:38 AM #5
I'd rather call 911 if needed however I would like this option as well.....
12-13-2012, 10:18 AM #6
Great! This would've helped me a couple times in the last year had it been in place. People who are harassing others don't respond nicely to the harassed being on the phone with dispatch.Member of the hackint0sh forums.
HowardForums Member: Haas_Dave
12-13-2012, 02:24 PM #7
I hope 911 turns their iMessage read receipts on
12-13-2012, 06:43 PM #8
Sounds like a great idea.