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How to Prepare Your Devices In Case of Emergency

Your cellphone, smartphone and/or tablet can be an invaluable tool for you and your family during an emergency. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your wireless devices are ready when needed: Add emergency numbers on every device: By adding those numbers to other devices, you’ll still have access to those [...]

OnStar and Wireless Help Asthma Sufferer: July WOW Wireless Lifechanger

While on the road with her young daughter, NaToshya Reed started to suffer an asthma attack, limiting her ability to talk and breathe. Utilizing the OnStar service in her car as well as her personal device, she communicated with emergency responders for quick assistance.

The Wireless Foundation’s 20th Annual VITA Achievement Awards Dinner

Last night, The Wireless Foundation marked the 20th Annual VITA Achievement Awards Dinner by recognizing individuals and organizations creating a positive impact in their communities with wireless technology. The evening’s award winners were: Leadership Honoree: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. During [...]

Nationwide Wireless Providers Met Voluntary Text to 911 Commitment

I’m pleased to report that yesterday the four nationwide wireless providers met their voluntary commitment deadline to make text-to-911 capability available to public safety answering points (PSAPs) that request, and are capable of supporting, the service. This marked a milestone in the wireless industry’s ongoing effort to enhance public safety by helping consumers access 911 [...]

RI Agreed Industry’s Voluntary Commitment is the Right Step to Help Stop Smartphone Theft

Yesterday, Rhode Island state policymakers recognized that the wireless industry’s “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” was the right initiative, not legislation, needed to help stop smartphone thefts. Individually and industry-wide via CTIA, we remain committed to helping law enforcement with this important issue. As we said many times before, legislating a so-called solution, such as a [...]

Wireless 911 Calls: Remember Location, Location, Location

As we’ve said before (here and here), April is “911 Education Month” and a good time to remind ourselves about how, at their core, wireless devices are public safety tools we can use to call 911. Approximately every two seconds, someone calls 911 via wireless in the U.S., which is the equivalent to more than [...]

Are You and Your Wireless Devices Prepared for Emergencies?

Emergencies are unpredictable, but here are some simple tips to follow so you – and your wireless devices – are prepared. Before: Save emergency numbers (doctors, vets, family, friends, etc.) on ALL wireless devices. By doing so, you’ll know you have the contact information needed, even if your device is lost or runs out of [...]

States and Localities Must be Good Stewards of Wireless Consumers’ Support for 911

As April is “911 Education Month,” it’s a good time to think about how the wireless industry and its consumers support our nation’s 911 communication system. Americans use wireless to contact 911 services more than 400,000 times per day to save lives, stop crimes and help others in emergencies. But the numbers don’t tell the [...]

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