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From the Oct. 16, 2013 issue of The Journal
By Chip Jones
We don’t think about cost when we encounter life-threatening conditions. Someone at risk for cardiac arrest with chest pains isn’t going to hesitate to call 911. Falls and other accidents prompt us to react quickly. We just do it. Our 911 services are part of the essentials we expect from local government in our communities today.
Prior to 1996, calls from mobile phones were required to verify subscription service before calls were routed to a public safety answering point (PSAP), or a 911-call center. In 1996 the FCC ruled that all mobile calls must go directly to a PSAP without verification.
“Enhanced 911” (E911) systems that are required today were rolled out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in two phases beginning in 1998. This additional support was created specifically for wireless devices, or mobile phones. Locating the origination of an emergency mobile call ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.