FCC votes in favor of text-to-911 systems

Vermont became the first state to adopt the system this year.

(AP Photo/Mark Bugnaski)
(AP Photo/Mark Bugnaski)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Mobile carriers will soon let users text 911 during emergencies. On Friday, the FCC voted in favor of requiring all carriers to comply with the text-to-911 system by the end of the year.

Vermont became the first state to adopt the system this year, used in situations like domestic disputes. 22News put the emergency text system to the test, and saw just how long texting 911 could take the average person.

Launi DuPont told 22News, “A lot longer than normal, ‘cause when you’re nervous and get into an accident or some emergency comes up, it’s really hard trying to concentrate on what exactly you have to say or, if you need help, whether they’re going to come to your rescue or not.”

Individual states and counties will be able to choose whether to install text-to-911 at call centers. Until local counties do, any attempts to text 911 will bounce back to the sender, and not be delivered to the police.

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