The Injustice of E911

Here are the two general things that have to happen for a 911 operator to be able to locate a distress call: (1) The wireless carrier has to install expensive, cutting edge technology to locate a connected cellular phone, and (2) The over 6000 US Public Service Access Points (PSAPs) need to upgrade their systems to that they can receive and use the location information the cellular system offers them. The carriers were forced to do (1) by FCC ruling, and they were also forced to collect a fee on the phone bill, and pass those revenues to local governments to use for (2). The carriers, although a little late, have spent wads of cash to do the difficult part (1), but the local governments have taken the revenues that the carriers sent them, and spent the money on boots - (no kidding, footwear!). Now, people are dying because these E911 location systems are not in place. So how do we punish the local governments for diverting funds? We offer them more money! That's right, a bill proposed by Hillary Clinton and Conrad Burns would offer $500M per year to local governments who do not divert E911 funds going forward. There simply is no accountability in government, is there? Heads should roll for the travesty of diverting these funds for some 10 years, but instead, the Feds will use more cash to lure localities to do what they should have done anyway.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...

Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.