Verizon Gives First Responders Priority
Apr 25, 2006, 1:31 PM by (staff)
Verizon today began rolling out Wireless Priority Service for first responders. During large-scale emergencies, Verizon will give priority to calls placed by or to first responders over other subscribers. Non-WPS subscribers who are currently on a call when the system is activated will not be cut off, they will just have to wait in line behind approved first responders for an open circuit to place calls. Subscribers in law enforcement, emergency services and other first responder services in LA, south Florida, Washington DC and Chicago can sign up for the service today. It will be available nationwide by the end of the year. Cingular and T-Mobile already offer WPS nationwide.
Facebook to Share Real-Time Map Data with First Responders
Facebook this week said it plans to provide humanitarian and other aid organizations with real-time access to its maps during natural disasters and other emergencies. According to Facebook, it will strip user identities from its map data while still showing where people are moving, where people might be marking themselves as safe, and other, similar trending information.
Gov Taps AT&T to Build Dedicated First Responder Network
AT&T will build a nationwide wireless network explicitly for the use of first responders and emergency personnel, the company said today. The U.S.
Rivada Mercury Proposes FirstNet Network for First Responders
A collection of telecommunications companies have banded together with the goal of creating a nationwide LTE voice and data network for first responders. The group formed a new company, called Rivada Mercury, to manage the deployment.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.
Verizon to Bring VoLTE to Prepaid Later this Year
Verizon Wireless plans to give its prepaid subscribers access to VoLTE services, including HD Voice and video calls in the near future. Prepaid customers will need to add HD Voice to their account before they can make HD calls, but the add-on will be free.
Sounds super spiffy!!!
Couldn't you already do this?