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Text-to-911 Takes Effect in Indiana

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Customers of Verizon Wireless can now send emergency texts to 911 emergency dispatchers in about a third of Indiana's counties. The executive director of the statewide 911 board says T-Mobile, Sprint and A-T-and-T are expected to be providing text-to-911 in the Hoosier state soon. State officials say as of this past Wednesday, emergency dispatchers in 28 Indiana counties had been equipped and trained to handle text-to-911 calls. Locally, according to the IN911 website, it's only available in LaPorte County, and, it's not yet available in three of the state's most populated counties – Lake, Marion and St. Joseph. Officials say it's still better to make a voice call to 911 if you can, and text if you can't. The Federal Communications Commission wants all wireless carriers to provide the service by the end of the year.

Here's a link to a map showing the status of Text-to-911 in Indiana counties: http://www.in911.net/


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