1957                          The National Association of Fire Chiefs recommends use of a single

                                    number for reporting fires.

1967                          The President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of

                                     Justice recommends the establishment of a nationwide single number for the

                                     purpose of reporting emergencies.  An early proposal called for a different

                                     phone number for each type of emergency, but that idea was struck down

                                     because it contradicted the  purpose of one single, universal number.  Several

                                     politicians and government agencies express interest and the FCC is consulted

                                     for a resolve.

Nov, 1967              AT&T  and the FCC meet to discuss the rapid introduction of a nationwide

                                     emergency number.

Early 1968             AT&T announces 911 as the nationwide emergency number.  911 is chosen

                                     because it is easily remembered by the public, it is quickly dialed and because

                                     no area codes or office codes begin with or use it.  Congress agrees with AT&T

                                     and passes a bill which reserves the number for nationwide use.  The cost of

                                     updating telephone company equipment is offset by a fee included into a phone

                                     subscriber's base rate.

Feb 16, 1968        Alabama Telephone Company becomes the first telephone service to

                                     implement 911.  Senator Rankin Fite dials the first 911 call from a phone in

                                     Haleyville, AL.

Feb 22, 1968        Nome, Alaska begins 911 service to its city.

March, 1973        A national policy is established by the Executive Office of Telecommunications

                                     recognizing the importance and benefit of 911 to a growing population.  The

                                     White House begins encouraging nationwide adoption of the new emergency

                                     number and creates a Federal Information Center to assist in planning and

                                     implementation of 911.

Early 1970's         Alameda County, CA becomes the test-bed for a new pilot program introduced

                                     by AT&T called 'selective call routing'.  This is the beginning of "Enhanced- 911".

Late 1976               It is determined that 17% of the U.S. is served by 911.

1976                          More than a quarter (26%) of the U.S. has 911 service.  Nine states have


                                     enacted for the emergency number.  70 new 911 systems are established every

                                     year following.

1987                          911 is available in 50% of the U.S.

1987                        Canada creates its own nationwide emergency number service and adopts 911

                                    as well.

Today                     Almost the entire population of the country (93%) has 911 access.  Of that, 95% of

                                    911 service is Enhanced-911 (selective call routing with number and location


Today                     Legislation is passed in many states requiring cell phones to be complaint with

                                    location indexes for the E-911 system by 2004.  This means any cellular

                                    telephone that 911 is dialed from should be able to be located to within a few

                                    hundred yards or less. Unfortunately to date, this process is unavailable at this


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