The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to bring Americans
the ability to send text messages to 911 more rapidly and uniformly, and to inform consumers about the
availability and appropriate use of text-to-911. The Commission’s proposed action builds on prior
Commission initiatives and the recent voluntary commitment by the nation’s four largest wireless carriers,
with support of leading public safety organizations, to make text-to-911 available to their customers by May
15, 2014, with significant deployments expected in 2013. The Commission’s proposed action also seeks to
accelerate the nation’s transition to a Next-Generation 911 system that will use cutting-edge
communications technology to assist first responders in keeping our communities safe.