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Upcoming changes to the statewide 911 system are expected to drastically improve the ability of dispatchers to locate 911 callers in rural Alaska by recording cellphone call locations, according to the Department of Public Safety.

When 911 callers in rural areas use their cellphones to call for help, the state’s current system isn’t able to tell where the caller is located. Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Leon Morgan said this is worrisome because callers don’t always know exactly where they are located, especially if they are hunting or off the road system…

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