Text-to-911 goes live, and regional carriers are getting ready
May 15 2014
The nation’s four largest carriers are turning on text-to-911 services in several areas today as the first step in a process that should be complete by the end of the year. The Federal Communications Commission wants all mobile subscribers in the U.S. to have access to text-to-911 by year-end, but the carriers cannot make it happen on their own. Text messages sent to 911 are handled by local public safety answering points (PSAPs). Slowly but surely, PSAPs are deploying the hardware and software they need to enable the service.