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Text to 911--It's Almost Here!! Thanks to the FCC!

FCC Officials At House Oversight Hearing On Cell Phone Usage

We have the FCC to thank!

We have video relay, IP-Relay and all the communication technologies that make our life easier, better and most importantly, safer.

Yes, we sometimes grumble at some of the rules they throw at us, but without them, we wouldn’t have the nice and life-saving things we need. And rules are a fact of life, like the speed limits on the road.

Let’s not forget the NAD, TDI, NorCal and all the national and local organizations which help push the FCC when inertia takes place.

The FCC  has made text-to-911 a priority. The new chairman, Tom Wheeler, has gone on record making this an important priority. Here’s a news article on this. (link) The picture you see on this post is of the new chairman, Tom Wheeler. Let’s not forget the good work of the Disability Rights Office (Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau) in the FCC and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

What is it?

Simple, you just text to the 911 number and someone will be there to communicate and send help.  It’s much quicker than using IP-Relay or video relay. In emergency situations, time is of the essence–the quicker you get help the less serious an emergency situation can become.

It is NOT yet fully deployed in the US.  But, very soon it will be.  Some states have it, some fully deployed, some are running trials.  In Canada, they are ahead of us, but we will catch up soon.

For more info, heres the link to the FCC website on text-to-911.

For information on Canada’s text-to-911, here’s the link. Remember what happens in Canada does not always happen in the US, but maybe later.

So easy so simple!

By the way, if you need video communication (VP or VRS), why not try Z5, you will like it! Click here to get it! (See if you qualify to get a FREE tablet with a stand!)

Dr. Z is proud to be part of the team that understands and listens to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community!

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z (Philip W. Bravin) is associated with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of Business Development

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