Sprint Wireless has embarked on 911 text messaging, with the nationwide carrier starting a four-month trial of the technology in Vermont, which is the first state to support two text-to-911 trials.

"We learned a lot from the original text-to-911 trial in Vermont, including that this new technology can save lives," David Tucker, executive director of the Vermont Enhanced 911 Board, said in a statement. "The fact that a large number of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing already use Sprint as their preferred carrier means we will be better able to provide access for that population to the Vermont 911 system as a result of this trial with Sprint.

"The success of our first trial caused us to reach out to other carriers and we are very pleased that Sprint has stepped forward to participate. Ultimately, it will be important to get all of the wireless carriers that provide service in Vermont to do the same."

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