When will Text to 911 be available in the United States?

Text 911 is starting to pop up in cities everywhere in North America. We first reported that Metro Vancouver, Canada started their services last Wednesday. Today, we just heard that Edmonton will began their services soon. Edmonton will be rolling out their 911 service later this year, but it is quite amazing how fast they are getting this service out. 
However in the United States, Text to 911 is only available in limited markets. According to the FCC

In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets. For this reason, you should not rely on text to reach 911.

However, there is some good news, The Commission adopted a new proposal that:

On January 30, 2014, the Commission adopted a Policy Statement and 2nd FNPRM stating the goal that all wireless telephone companies and providers of interconnected text messaging services should enable consumers to send text messages to 911. The Commission encouraged industry-developed solutions to achieve this goal, and proposed rules that would require all covered text providers to support text-to-911 by December 31, 2014. (See also: Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911: www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/best-practices-implementing-text-911.)

TSG hope that there’s no delay in compliance with this new policy when it becomes effective by December 31, 2014! 



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