|Dec 12, 2012, 11:44 PM||#1|
FCC Proposal Would Require Apple to Support iMessage-to-911
The Federal Communications Commission today announced a proposal that would extend a previous agreement requiring wireless carriers to allow their users to send SMS messages to 911 call centers. The proposal would extend the requirement from simple SMS texting to "over-the-top" messaging services like Apple's iMessage.
The four major American carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, have already agreed to make the SMS-to-911 feature nationwide by May 15, 2014.
By adding support for "over-the-top" messaging services, the FCC believes it can help keep pace with how people use their phones as users turn more to text messages rather than phone calls. Additionally, the text-to-911 feature could assist deaf users, as well as those in home invasion or other situations where making a voice call could be dangerous.
As of now, this is just a proposal, not an official action, and that there is no set timetable from the FCC.
Article Link: FCC Proposal Would Require Apple to Support iMessage-to-911
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