FCC Updating 911 for Texting, Streaming Video
I wonder if the right-wing is going to turn this into a new Obama conspiracy theory or big government encroachment outrage—the socialist POTUS is lurking in your cell phone!!11!
In a bid to bring the life-saving emergency service 911 into the 21st century, the FCC is looking at letting citizens report crimes through text messages and even stream video from their mobile phones to emergency centers.
In a press release announcing Tuesday’s changes, the FCC pointed to the now-infamous shooting rampage at Virginia Tech as an example of how a more modern system could be useful.
The FCC also plans to allow automated pinging of 911 by sensors, including chemical detection sensors, alarm systems, medical devices and systems like On-Star in automobiles.