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.

via FCC Proposes Action to Accelerate Nationwide Text-to-911 | FCC.gov.

Source: http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-action-accelerate-nationwide-text-911