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Post# 1056550   1/5/2020 at 06:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 1056551 , Reply# 1   1/5/2020 at 06:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
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Post# 1056553 , Reply# 2   1/5/2020 at 06:33 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell Telephone System 1963

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Bell Telephone System 1963

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General Telephone & Electronics 1960

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Post# 1056556 , Reply# 4   1/5/2020 at 06:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell Telephone System 1964

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1964 Bell Telephone System

Post# 1056557 , Reply# 5   1/5/2020 at 06:39 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Bell telephone System 1957

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Bell telephone System 1957

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Post# 1056822 , Reply# 7   1/7/2020 at 23:18 by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

When I was a young kid in the early 1950's, we lived on a farm and our number was 2 long and 2 short.

Post# 1057126 , Reply# 8   1/10/2020 at 08:37 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Post# 1057365 , Reply# 10   1/12/2020 at 11:53 by iej (Ireland)        

I'm a little surprised 911 was only adopted nationally in the late 1960s.

It seems 999 was introduced in 1937 in the UK and seems to have been in use here in Ireland too from that point on and was just rolled out in any area as automatic dialling became widespread.

The pan-European (and often beyond) 112 harmonised number being introduced in 1995 and seems to have some degree of uptake but is very useful if you're abroad as there used to be different emergency numbers in every EU country.

The usual approach is 112 just co-exists with whatever the national emergency number is in any given country, but does not replace it, as to do so would cause confusion. Some countries promote only 112 in advertising, others continue to promote their original national emergency number, but there is no plan to phase anything out, it's just a service that co-exists.

112 will also always override key locks and often operate in mobile phones that don't have accounts or SIM cards.

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Post# 1060190 , Reply# 12   2/10/2020 at 17:26 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

911 was only introduced (allowed in the phone system) 50 years ago--it took over 10 years before it came to our town in suburban St. Louis (Southwestern Bell ILEC) in suburban St. Louis. The US does not have a national phone network (we have local monopolies; regulated at both the state AND national level; largest of which was the Bell system; as opposed to most other countries where the phone company was part of the PTT (post/telephone/telegraph)). Canada has a similar structure as the US as well.

The structure of the phone systems under the North America Numbering Plan (i.e. country code 1) is quite different than the rest of the world, and has filtered down to a lot of why we do things "like we do" a for instance, you never know by the number whether you're calling a landline or a mobile when dialing; therefore calling-party-pays is not a "thing" here (too tough to implement with the diversity in phone companies out there).

911 is funded and regulated at the local/state level (so there are still a few very rural areas without 911 still!) I've worked in 911 for the last 15 years, so any questions I'm happy to sound off!

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