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INDEPENDENTS CONCEDE 'NINE-ONE-ONE' INEVITABLE - BUT HOST OF PROBLEMS SLOW PROGRESS

NCJ Number
63028
Journal
TELEPHONE ENGINEER AND MANAGEMENT Dated: (JUNE 15, 1970) Pages: 58-60,62-63
Author(s)
R M CROCKETT; R H SMITH
Date Published
1970
Length
5 pages
Annotation
THIS 1970 ARTICLE ARGUES THAT THE INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE INDUSTRY SHOULD SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Abstract
THE ARTICLE ASSERTS THAT POLITICAL PRESSURE WAS USED FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON CIVIL DISORDERS TO ESTABLISH A UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY NUMBER SYSTEM NATIONWIDE. THE INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE COMPANIES (AS OPPOSED TO THE BELL SYSTEM) SHOULD BECOME INVOLVED INITIALLY IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE 911 SYSTEM. THIS INITIAL INVOLVEMENT WILL ASSURE THAT AN ORDERLY, ECONOMICAL, AND SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION CAN BE MADE TO THIS NEW TYPE OF SERVICE. A SURVEY DONE IN APRIL 1970 SHOWS THAT ONLY A HANDFUL OF INDEPENDENT 911 EXCHANGES ARE IN OPERATION AND THAT LOCAL PUBLIC SUPPORT IS NECESSARY TO SPUR THE INDEPENDENT COMPANIES TO ACTION IN IMPLEMENTING 911. EXECUTIVES OF VARIOUS INDEPENDENT TELEPHONE COMPANIES ARE QUOTED IN THE ARTICLE TO DEMONSTRATE THE MELANGE OF INTEREST AND DISINTEREST IN THE 911 SYSTEM. (PRG)