It’s Now Possible to Text 911

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Starting last week, the four major cell phone service providers — Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T — enabled customers to text their emergencies to the local governments in 16 states that are set up for it. (Only Vermont is currently using the technology statewide.) For now, the FCC says that texting 911 should be limited to the hearing-impaired and people in situations where speaking could be dangerous (think domestic abuse or hostage cases), and photos and video won’t go through. Still, this is disruption we can get behind.