Genachowski: FCC will ‘spur’ 9-1-1 modernization efforts

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.

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With ever greater numbers of Americans using digital devices and mobile companies building out new networks, the time to act is now, he said.