NYC Lawmakers Push for 911 Texting Service


New York City lawmakers want New Yorkers to have the ability to text an emergency to 911.

The City Council on Thursday introduced a bill that would make that possible. If passed, it would require the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to create a plan within six months, and either implement it or have an expected implementation date within a year.

The 911 texting also would allow residents to send video and photos from the scene.

The bill was sponsored by Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson. After it was introduced, it was referred to the Council Committee on Technology.

The Federal Communications Commission requires mobile carriers to allow texts to 911 centers, but doesn’t have oversight over whether 911 centers are enabled to receive them.