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Monday, April 30, 2007

Missouri lags behind in 911?

From The AP: Missouri's emergency service coverage lags behind the rest of the country and is among the nation's worst in allowing 911 operators to determine a caller's location.

Throughout most of the country, it is assumed that when someone picks up a wireline phone that the caller will be able to connect to a local 911 system. So most of the attention has focused on upgrading systems to handle wireless and Internet calls.

But an Associated Press review of data from the state, trade groups and a consultant's report shows that roughly 20 percent of Missouri's counties lack a fully functioning system for even landline telephones. And fewer than one-third of Missour's counties can track a cell phone caller's location.

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