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Wireless firms to meet 911 deadlines

Wireless industry officials said Tuesday they will meet federal deadlines for providing enhanced 911 service that lets emergency operators locate cell phone users who call for help. Cell phone carriers have made great strides rolling out the service in recent months to thousands of emergency call centers, said Michael Altschul, a senior vice president and general counsel with the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. More details will be announced Thursday, Altschul told a Federal Communications Commission gathering of industry and government officials and public safety workers involved with developing wireless 911 service. When someone dials 911 on a traditional phone, emergency operators can trace the call to a street address. But creating a system for locating cell phone users who call 911 has been a challenge for wireless companies, regulators and workers at the nation’s more than 7,000 emergency dispatch centers. Full Story

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