- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents can expect forthcoming changes to the 911 system.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports (https://bit.ly/2bDQ1gc) that the expected phase-out of Verizon’s traditional landline-based system - plus Federal Communications Requirements mandating more precise pinpointing of geographic locations for 911 systems - means Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City are faced with making the move to an internet-based system by 2020.

It’s unknown how much it will cost for Maryland, which handles over 5 million calls annually, to move to an internet-based system.

The new systems could be managed by outside companies, or there could be a state-wide system.

Scott Roper, executive director of Maryland’s Emergency Number Systems Board, says the move would allow for new services, like 911 calls by video and text messages.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, https://www.thedailyrecord.com

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