With a stronger focus on “cutting the cord,” and leaving all phone calls to our wireless devices, a new report based on FCC data may lead some to want to hold off.
From the report:
“According to data filed with the FCC by the D.C. Office of Unified Communications last fall, just 10.3% of the wireless calls made to the District’s 9-1-1 communications center from December 2012 to July 2013 included the latitude-longitude (or “Phase II” location) needed to find a caller. Of the 385,341 wireless calls made over that period, just 39,805 had that “Phase II” information, while the remaining “Phase I” calls only showed the nearest cell tower, an area too broad to be useful for emergency responders.“In the report, the data collected showed that both Verizon and Sprint fared better than T-Mobile and AT&T. The pair of GSM carriers managed to bring in about 3.2% and 2.6% accurate data, respectively. Compare that to the average of about 24% from Verizon and Sprint.
Part of the problem cited in the report is the use of A-GPS, which requires a direct view to the satellite reporting location. This can be blocked or otherwise impeded by buildings.
You can check out the full report through the source link below.
[via Find Me 911]