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HISTORY OF 911

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
           legislation 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 identification).

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 time.