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Most Texas Wireless 911 Calls Lack Location Information

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AUSTIN (AP) — An advocacy group says two-thirds of all wireless 911 calls in Texas don’t provide enough location information for the caller, violating federal requirements.

Find Me 911 Coalition reported Thursday that recent Federal Communications Commission data shows the rate of Texas wireless emergency callers with detailed location information has fallen by about half since 2011.

Statewide data released by the FCC shows that 403,571, or 67 percent, of the 601,106 wireless 911 calls in June didn’t provide full location information.

Mostly, those calls only showed the location of the cell tower where the call originated.

The coalition includes first-responders and 911 dispatchers nationally. It says FCC rules require wireless calls to have location information to aid first-responders in an emergency.

Texas’ 911 emergency system is based in Austin.

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