E9-1-1 Coverage Increases, Says NENA (1/2)
Tuesday, January 02, 2007 | Comments
Eighty percent of the nation's population now resides in areas where wireless 9-1-1 service includes delivery of the caller's call-back number and location to the appropriate public-safety answering point (PSAP). This number represents an 11-percent increase in Phase II deployments over statistics released by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in January 2006. More than 70 percent of individual PSAPs are now Phase II capable, a 13-percent increase from a year ago. While this progress is certainly welcome, just under half of the nation's 3,135 counties, primarily located in rural areas, still cannot provide this critical service to their residents. The statistics indicate that 78.2 percent of counties contain PSAPs receiving Phase I calls, while 56.5 percent of counties have PSAPs accepting Phase II calls. The PSAP statistics translate to 90.8 percent of the US population covered by Phase I and 80 percent covered by Phase II-enabled PSAPs. Rural areas continue to struggle to upgrade their E9-1-1 capabilities.

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