E 911 improvements approved

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) E 911 service in Alaska will become more precise after a bill was signed into law by Governor Bill Walker.

    When 911 dispatchers receive calls from large complexes like schools, hotels or office buildings, they will soon have the ability to pinpoint the location of the call more precisely than a simple street address.


    Governor Walker signed the new law last week when he attended the Alaska Municipal League Meeting in Healy.  Senate Bill 215, sponsored by North Pole Senator (R) John Coghill requires multi-line phone systems to let callers dial 911 without any additional prefixes, and the system must let the agency receiving the call identify the caller's location by room number.


    The new legislation does allow local governments the choice to whether they want to bring multi-line operators into compliance.


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