The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer:

“Today’s action by the FCC is an important step in the Commission’s and the industry’s ongoing efforts to enable consumers to reach ‘911’ emergency personnel through text messaging no matter the underlying service or technology. Since joining our fellow carriers in a voluntary commitment, AT&T has devoted countless resources to make this critical public safety function a reality. We remain committed to making text-to-911 service available on a nationwide basis by May 15 of this year.  As consumers adopt new and emerging technologies, it is critical that we maintain the ability to contact public safety.  Today’s action by the Commission reminds all service providers that public safety remains a critical value that must carry forward as communications technologies evolve.  We look forward to working with the Commission to ensure that enhancements to text-to-911 are incorporated into Next Generation 911 services and that we move forward with Next Generation 911 as quickly as we possibly can.”

 

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