Quantcast

Wednesday, July 30, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Thousands of hotels don't offer direct 911, FCC says

By Nomaan Merchant

Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 08:43 p.m. HST, Mar 24, 2014



DALLAS » A federal official says tens of thousands of hotels don't allow guests to directly reach emergency services when dialing 911 from their room phones.

Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai announced the initial results of a survey that was taken after a 9-year-old Texas girl couldn't connect with 911 while her mother was being stabbed to death in a hotel room.

The hotel room's phone required dialers to press "9'' before dialing 911.

Pai says the "vast majority" of America's estimated 53,000 hotel properties are run by franchise owners, and only about 45 percent of those have direct 911 dialing.

The December stabbing death of Kari Hunt Dunn drew national attention and more than 440,000 signatures on a petition to require hotels and motels to enable direct 911 dialing.






 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News