FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FCC is planning on upgrading their 911 emergency system to bring it into the digital age.
Officials could be notified of crimes or an emergency by a text message, or cell phone photo/video.
Currently 650,000 calls go though the 911 system nationwide, with 60% in Lee county coming from cell phones.
The technological upgrades could help in situations like the 2007 shooting rampage at the Virginia Tech campus, when students and witnesses tried to contact 911 by sending text messages that never went through to the emergency dispatch system.
The conversion in Lee county could take at least 5 years and $1 million, according to Matthew Rechkemmer, the county's E 9-1-1 Program Manager.
"The people who are hearing impaired or deaf can use a cell phone to text message in an emergency, we'll be able to respond back to them. That's what I'm looking forward to, not the people who are going to use it aimlessly," said Rechkemmer.
The commission will begin reviewing the changes at their meeting in December.