During the Coffee County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Marvin McIlwain of E-911 addressed the fee and assembly attendees concerning distressing troubles E-911 has seen lately. According to McIlwain, the trending abandonment of landline phones and transfer to primary cell telephone usage is proof of technological advancements E-911 works to match each day; however, not all provider carriers are alike, and county citizens should be aware of the variations before they discover themselves in an emergency state of affairs.
“I need to warn you: all cellular phones are not alike. Some offerings are better than others about the place,” McIlwain stated. “911 serves two purposes: (for you) to be able to talk to us or get to us and to offer us your vicinity. If you can’t talk to us, if you can’t talk to the dispatcher, we must recognize wherein you are. Technology is there, but it doesn’t matter all paintings alike, and I might encourage you to be privy to how properly your service gives the region to dispatchers.”
Landline provider providers are extra troubling than cell smartphone service companies in a few cases, but. McIlwain stated that a current fashion has been to cancel landline carriers with corporations like CenturyLink and switch over to the new voice-over IP, or VoIP, cellphone service; unluckily, VoIP carriers ought to have brought on a huge problem for a few county residents final week.