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Genachowski: FCC will 'spur' 9-1-1 modernization efforts
Wednesday - 8/17/2011, 10:31am EDT
Federal News Radio
The nation's 9-1-1 system is rooted in the old, switched- circuit telephone system — and it still works fairly well even in today's mobile-technology world.
But some, including FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, think it's past due for an upgrade.
He told Federal News Radio the agency would act as a "spur" for a new mobile-friendly 9-1-1 system as well as a national broadband communications network for first responders.
With ever greater numbers of Americans using digital devices and mobile companies building out new networks, the time to act is now, he said.