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WirelessDevNet.com Press Release

Telecom CEOs Urged to Improve Location Technology for 911 Calls


Ms. Magazine today launched a petition and social action campaign urging the country’s top telecom companies to improve their location technology for 911 call

Ms. Magazine today launched a petition and social action campaign urging the country’s top telecom companies to improve their location technology for 911 calls, saying they are putting lives – and especially the lives of women confronted by domestic violence – needlessly at risk.

In an open letter to the heads of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, Ms. said technologies to provide accurate location of cell phone callers to 911 already exist and the phone companies need to embrace them instead of complaining about the time and money it might cost them.

“The largest category of 911 calls comes from women in domestic violence situations. It’s outrageous, frankly, that some of them have to die because operators are struggling to figure out where the call has come from,” said Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine.

“The technology to fix this not only exists, it is already on the Federal Communications Commission’s radar. The FCC wants to implement new rules to get the technology adopted and it is beyond the pale that the telecoms companies are putting up resistance.”

Last month, a California mother of two was murdered by her abuser while police scrambled to determine the location of her home. Similar horror stories have become more common.

“How many more women have to die before America’s cell-phone service providers stop dragging their feet?” the petition letter says. “I urge you to end the delay tactics and support the FCC’s proposed regulations today—and save thousands of lives.”

– and especially the lives of women confronted by domestic violence – needlessly at risk.

In an open letter to the heads of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, Ms. said technologies to provide accurate location of cell phone callers to 911 already exist and the phone companies need to embrace them instead of complaining about the time and money it might cost them.

“The largest category of 911 calls comes from women in domestic violence situations. It’s outrageous, frankly, that some of them have to die because operators are struggling to figure out where the call has come from,” said Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine.

“The technology to fix this not only exists, it is already on the Federal Communications Commission’s radar. The FCC wants to implement new rules to get the technology adopted and it is beyond the pale that the telecoms companies are putting up resistance.”

Last month, a California mother of two was murdered by her abuser while police scrambled to determine the location of her home. Similar horror stories have become more common.

“How many more women have to die before America’s cell-phone service providers stop dragging their feet?” the petition letter says. “I urge you to end the delay tactics and support the FCC’s proposed regulations today—and save thousands of lives.”



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