Because if (like me) you rely on your cell phone, you may be kidding yourself. FCC Cracking Down on 911 Service Failures – WSJ.
For three hours last August, almost all T-Mobile US Inc. ’s about 50 million customers couldn’t reach 911.
The nationwide outage, disclosed on Friday, was at least the third major outage by a variety of telecom operators of the 911 call system in three years, raising concerns among federal regulators that the country’s emergency response system is becoming more vulnerable. The system has evolved away from local networks connected by copper lines to a more national model based on Internet technologies.
But don’t worry! The .gov is about to spring into action! You know, those same yahoos that were responsible for the one of the biggest hacks in recent years are going to get to the bottom of this internet thingy.
In a time of crisis, calling 911 is fine thing to do. If you can. And even if you can call for help before bad things happen, help is many minutes away. You are going to have to wait for that help to arrive. You may wait the rest of your life.