FCC: Ability To Text 911 Coming Soon?

November 23, 2010


Because actually placing calls is soooooo 90's, the FCC is working out the logistics of being able to text 911 during an emergency. What could possible go wrong? Tweeting emergencies, that's what.

Several U.S. government agencies have for some time been considering how to plan and implement the next generation of 911; the plan has been to incorporate SMS text messaging, images and even video into emergency requests to get "the right information to the right people at the right time."

Now, several outlets are reporting that the FCC is pushing for more technology for 911 -- technology that would lead to better, faster responses from emergency workers. In fact, the FCC even says 911 could be automatically notified of possible or likely emergencies by sensors, from OnStar to home alarms and many more.

Granted it does sound like a good idea in theory, but do you realize how many un-emergency texts the police are going to be fielding? In the trillions. Everything from "the greeter at Wal-Mart scowled at me" to "my 20-piece McNuggets was only an 18-piece -- AND THEY FORGOT THE BBQ!!!!111". My point is this, responsible citizens: be prepared to deal with your own emergencies.

FCC May Allow You to Send Text Messages to 911 [mashable]

Thanks to Shenanigans, who claims he knows some idiot moron who mistakenly called 411 while his house burnt down. Whoa, the same thing happened to me on-- wait a minute.

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