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FCC Text-to-9-1-1 Database System Goes Live
On the last day of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented a database and certification process for public safety answering points (PSAP) that are prepared to accept text-to-9-1-1 messages, and which in turn will be requesting this service from wireless carriers in the coming months. Although the FCC process is voluntary, it will help document the FCC regulatory process that requires carriers to provide text-to-911 by June 30, 2015 or within six months of a valid PSAP request.
Download the FCC’s list of 186 PSAPs that have already installed equipment to accept text messages, as a PDF file here:
To submit their information for the database, PSAP officials must download a Word document, fill it out, and email it back to the FCC, where it will be hand-entered into the database. PSAP personnel must still contact and formally notify their wireless carriers that they are ready to accept text-to-9-1-1 messages.
To find the form, and link to the readiness and certification form information and instructions, click: here.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Dispatch Monthly, 12/31/14)