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Sunday, October 17, 2004

  The invention of 911

Today we had a 10 hr long power failure which took out the electric, cable internet, and my phone line. In the e911 debate about the regulation requiring 911 services for voip, I became curious about 911 in the first place.

911 was not a national standard until the late 60s - and was first implemented by a hack to a then-existing phone switch. Here's a link to a copy of the original memo describing the implementation. Based on the language contained therein, I don't understand how it got implemented then.
 
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