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Pike County & Troy Use 4G LTE to Enable Quicker, More Reliable Communication

When Pike County emergency 911 dispatch, the police, and the fire departments in Troy, Alabama, began updating their systems with high-impact technologies such as Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and electronic records, local officials knew they would need more reliable, secure connections. In the interest of constantly improving public safety, these agencies needed quicker communication and remote network management—without having to worry about network downtime.

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Random FAQs

There is no charge for obtaining an address.

Yes. Calls to 9-1-1 from payphones are provided at no charge

9-1-1 needs to have a locatable address for every structure that could potentially call 9-1-1. Even if you receive mail at a Post Office Box or from another location you must still have a 9-1-1 address so you can be located in an emergency. Your 9-1-1 address is also used for package delivery services.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) also called Internet, digital, broadband, or cable phone service is a rapidly growing alternative to traditional phone service. Its popularity is fueled primarily by low prices, new features and the consumer's ability to choose a phone number from nearly anywhere in the country (and sometimes, other countries). Many industry experts anticipate VoIP's growth will outpace the growth seen by the wireless industry in the last decade.

VoIP may look and appear to work like a traditional phone, but it connects to the internet not a telephone line. There are several critical factors to consider regarding the impact of this service on your ability to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. While VoIP is an attractive option, it is important for consumers to understand the potential limitations the technology has with respect to accessing 9-1-1.

Tips for Internet/Digital Phone Users (VoIP)

  • Check your service provider's website for emergency calling features.
  • When calling 9-1-1, give your location, and call back number.
  • Call back if you get disconnected.
  • If you travel with your VoIP adapter, your call may not reach the correct 9-1-1 center. Call from another phone.
  • Verify that you can access 9-1-1 with your phone. Check your service provider's Web site for emergency calling features.
  • Be sure to keep your registered location current with your VoIP provider. This is very important if you move!
  • If the power is out, your VoIP service may be out too. Consider purchasing a back-up power supply.
  • If you travel with your VoIP adapter, be sure to update your registered location with your service provider. The time it takes to process the update can vary considerably. Therefore, when traveling, if you need 9-1-1 service, use another phone.
  • Inform children, babysitters, and visitors about your VoIP service.
  • Post your address and call back phone number near your phone.
  • It is a good idea to know what police, fire or sheriff's department is responsible for your 9-1-1 call and have their phone number on hand to provide to the call taker.
  • Consider keeping a land line phone for accessing 9-1-1 emergency services.

Phase II is a requirement of the Federal Communications Commission for wireless phone companies to provide an approximation of the 9-1-1 caller's location in the form of latitude and longitude.

Teaching children the proper use of 9-1-1 is very important. Some of the things you can do as a parent is to cover these basic pointers:

Teach your children

  • Their full names, their parents' full names, their home address and phone number with area code.
  • What an emergency is and when to call 9-1-1.
  • That it is against the law to call 9-1-1 as a joke or prank.
  • If they call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang-up, they will not be in trouble for making a mistake.
  • To remain calm and answer all questions they're asked.
  • Not to be afraid to call 9-1-1 if they need to.
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