FCC requires carriers to allow 9-1-1 texts by end of year
The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines last week to mandate wireless carriers and some messaging applications to provide subscribers with the ability to send text messages to emergency response services by year's end. Opponents, however, objected that only 2% of 9-1-1 centers have arranged to receive the messages to date. CTIA said the mandate could impair the industry's voluntary efforts to provide the 9-1-1 service. The Hill
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NG9-1-1, FirstNet need equal attention, experts say
Next-generation 9-1-1 and FirstNet are not just compatible but must work in tandem to make each a success, communications experts told attendees of the APCO 2014 conference. FirstNet has much more congressional funding than NG9-1-1. Therefore, all interested parties, including NENA, should work together to get both initiatives "on the same plane," said East Hartford, Conn., police Communications Supervisor Jeff Vannais. Urgent Communications
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