2012: Tech advances, tough questions and important legislation

01/1/2013 | Urgent Communications

Strong storms in 2012 exposed weaknesses in the nation's emergency communications system, prompting a federal probe. More steps were taken to allow texting emergency information via the 9-1-1 system, and new technology allowed easier location of firefighters in burning buildings. Most important, a new federal law was signed paving the path for a nationwide broadband communications network for public safety.

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