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Text-to-911 Services Could Become a Reality

November 21, 2012 - The next open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:00pm EST. Agenda items include: a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to broadband services; a Report and Order related to increasing support for rural health care services; and a Report, Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to Next Generation 911 (NG 9-1-1) services that would develop and deploy Text-to-911. This would enable individuals, including those with disabilities, to contact 911 emergency services through a text message, which would be “a first step toward additional next generation services offering wider access to 911 responders”. The meeting will be streamed live over the Internet on the FCC Live web page at http://www.fcc.gov/live

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