FCC announces plan to update 911 to receive texts, video

The plan calls for developing location accuracy mechanisms so emergency dispatchers can quickly pinpoint the location of the caller. The commission will also work with states to create a governance framework for the next-generation 911 network, along with technical standards for hardware and software.

The commission will also work with Congress to develop a cost model and explore possible options to fund the next-generation network.

Congress is still deadlocked over the issue of a nationwide, interoperable public-safety network for first-responders, one of the key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The stalemate appears unlikely to be resolved before the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month.