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The real emergency is the state of our nation's 911 capabilities

Satellite communications must play a larger role in emergency communications, says Tony Bardo of the satellite broadband provider Hughes.

Tags: Tony Bardo , Hughes , broadband , emergency communications , Satellite communications , commentary

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:37am EDT

Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Tags: Jamie Barnett , FCC , emergency communications , broadband , Technology , Oversight , derecho

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT

Swatting is not a game

Swatting involves calling 911 and faking an emergency that draws a response from law enforcement.

Tags: SWAT team , swatting , Shirley Rooker , Call For Action ,

Monday - 06/20/2011, 07:43pm EDT

Verizon never told counties about 911 problem

Callers to 911 got a busy signal 8,300 times in Montgomery County on Jan. 26. More than 1,000 calls ended with a busy signal in Prince George's County.

Tags: Verizon , utilities , Kate Ryan ,

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 01:37am EST

911 problems resolved in Northern Virginia

Fairfax County is currently experiencing problems with their 911 emergency systems.

Tags: fairfax county ,

Friday - 02/18/2011, 12:58pm EST

FCC to explore sending text messages to 911

The key to solving a future crime may lie with your thumbs.

Tags: Federal Communications Commission , Julius Genachowski , Arlington County Police , Doug Scott , texting , Wired , Neal Augenstein , Gary Emerling

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 02:54pm EST

University of Maryland set to launch Video 911 app

Scientists and students at the University of Maryland have developed a Video 911 app for smartphones.

Tags: University of Maryland , smartphones , app , Video 911 app , Jay Gruber , wifi , GPS , University of Maryland Police Department , Michelle Basch

Friday - 11/05/2010, 04:27pm EDT

Charles County sets up backup emergency number during upgrade

The new backup number is 301-392-3015.

Tags: Charles County Emergency Services ,

Saturday - 10/23/2010, 09:30am EDT

Calvert County phone problems fixed

The problem with contacting emergency numbers from land line phones in Calvert County has been resolved.

Tags: Calvert County sheriff's office , phones ,

Sunday - 07/04/2010, 04:38pm EDT