FCC looking to update 911 for emergency text messages

Taylor Martin
 from Concord, NC
Published: November 23, 2010

 

It's no secret that text messaging is the most popular way to communicate, and let's be honest, it's just easier than calling sometimes. The FCC has recognized this, and is considering updating the 911 system to receive emergency reports via text messages, MMS (pictures), and video streaming. Why would you need to text 911 rather than call, you ask? You snap a picture of a liscense plate of a getaway vehicle and there's no room for error. If you've been kidnapped, I don't think the kidnapper would appreciate it very much if they caught you talking to a dispatcher on the phone, but you and I both know how talented we (think we) are at hiding our texting habits.

The biggest problem isn't upgrading the technology to receive all the different sorts of incoming data, but finding someone of adequate age to educate the 911 responders on the modern day LOL-speak. It will only be a matter of time before they start getting messages that say, "HLP!!! OMG! N TRBL!!!!"

The system needs to stay modern, but it could potentially open a huge hole for prank texts and other practical jokes that could still get in the way of real emergencies. I'm sure the FCC is on top of that, though. What say you guys and gals? Is this a good move from the FCC?

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