To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Texting 911: The Tech Is There but Cities Aren't Ready
Date: Fri Aug 08 12:30:50 MDT 2014

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August 8, 2014
Texting 911: The Tech Is There but Cities Aren't Ready

Only 100 emergency call centers out of more than 6,000 across the country are capable of receiving and responding to text messages. PLUS: Suburbs in Pennsylvania just announced their intent to implement 911 texting.


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