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Editors: Amy M. Walkerts
Book Description:
The underlying systems of 911 calls today operate almost exclusively on analog technology, using an architecture of circuits and switches developed when the American Telephone & Telegraph Company was a regulated monopoly providing most of the nation's telephone service. Modern communications innovations such as digitization, packet switching, and Internet Protocol (IP) standards are alien concepts in an outdated system design that, critics maintain, "literally chokes off the use of all but the most rudimentary features of modern end-user devices and stifles the development of more specialized equipment and services." Systems for 911, unable to accommodate the latest advances in telecommunications technology, are increasingly out-dated, costly to maintain, and in danger of failure. This book explores the issues and challenges of modernizing emergency communication and 911 service in the United States.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Emergency Communications: Broadband and the Future of 911, pp. 1-39
(Linda K. Moore)

Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress, pp. 41-89
(Linda K. Moore)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings, pp. 91-107
(Linda K. Moore)

Emergency Communications: National Communications System Provides Programs for Priority Calling, but Planning for New Initiatives and Performance Measurement Could be Strengthened, pp. 109-181
(GAO)

Index

   Series:
      Media and Communications - Technologies, Policies and Challenges
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 2nd quarter
   Pages: 6 x 9
   ISBN: 978-1-61728-988-0
   Status: AV
  
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AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
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