(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

In this era of smartphones, people type more than they dial... So a change is coming to 911.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

Vermont, on Monday, became the first to deploy a statewide text-to-911 system, where somebody who sends an SMS message for help reaches the nearest 911 call center. The FCC is pushing each state to get this done by year's end and now major cell carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile say they're ready to provide the service. Fifteen states other than Vermont have the service but only in certain areas. Phone companies will bounce your message back if you can't reach 911 by text.

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.