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Re: Getting rid of land line?

 > But there are still problems. There was a recent issue where police in 
> Boston were dispatched to the wrong place because there are a number of 
> streets in Boston with the same name. 

Boston has a particularly problem because many small towns were merged 
into one city which started as Boston Proper, and they didn't change 
names of streets, since it was "obvious" by neighborhood in the 

However, Boston 911 usually gets it right when calls come in in E911 
not cell, not third party caller relaying, etc -- in the particularly 
notorious case, either the operator or dispatcher made a rookie 
mistake. Boston sometimes has dispatched to all similar addresses when 
it was ambiguous -- I've heard it on the scanner -- and is instituting 
a policy to do so more often. 

Most jurisdictions don't have the peculiar Boston history of 
agglomeration. Others are solving similar problems by draconian 
action. In Cumberland Co, Maine, street names are required to change 
to not only be be unique in the county but to *sound* unique. So the 
house I grew up in exists still, but the address is gone. And doesn't 
even exist elsewhere. 

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