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Bill introduced to enhance 911 system

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Bipartisan legislation has been introduced that would authorize the governor to borrow up to $2 million to buy and install a new emergency 911 system. Although Guam has what's called "Enhanced 911", it's anything but, according to Senators Tony Ada and Adolpho Palacios, who authored Bill 205.

The measure pledges repayment of the loan to come from the E-911 Fund, that's the one dollar monthly charge currently assessed on your phone bill.  Palacios and Ada contend Guam's current 911 system is outdated and does not provide for people with speech and hearing impediments to use their mobile phones to call 911, which is in violation of the Federal Communications Commission's rules and regs.

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