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FCC reports thousands of hotels without direct 911 access

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An official with the Federal Communications Commission reports tens of thousands of United States hotels don't allow direct access to emergency services when dialing 911 from guestrooms.

Ajit Pai says the "vast majority" of the country's estimated 53,000 hotels are operated by franchise owners, with only about 45 percent of those offering direct 911 dialing.

A survey on the matter was taken after a nine-year-old Texas girl couldn't reach 911 while her mother was being stabbed to death in their hotel room. The hotel required dialers to hit "9" before they could dial 911.

Kari Hunt Dunn's death last December prompted over 440,000 signatures on a petition to require hotels to offer direct 911 access.

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