A new rule has been put by the FCC, requiring carriers to sell phones with built-in GPS. Cellular, VoIP and landline providers will have to be found in a 911 call by 2018. Carriers do not have o limit themselves to GPS-capable phones, this way preventing worries about an eventual tracking of phone owners by the government.
FCC’s arguments are that its policy intends to take advantage of modern trends and not only made to force changing the attitude. In the United States, the dominant form of calling is represented by cellphones, about 85 percent of which could have GPS by the target imposed by the FCC for 2018. VoIP is the most significant exception. It is moving away from the original destination as an extension of a landline or even a substitute for it. An example would be Vonage as well as many cable providers. Google Voice, Skype, Google Talk and other platforms have now mobile as their highest priority.
A call for GPS is a part of a larger 911 modernization trend at the FCC which is based on latest technology, mainly from smartphones. The US agency thinks that, through GPS, many lives could be saved by identifying callers faster than now. Texting, photos and videos are also expected to help by offering better visual references, in eventual deadly criminal situations, police could be warned without tipping off the attacker.