Genachowski: FCC will 'spur' 9-1-1 modernization efforts

Wednesday - 8/17/2011, 10:31am EDT

Part 1: Next Generation 9-1-1

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Part 2: National first responder's broadband network

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By Jack Moore
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.