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File #: 170315    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 3/30/2017 In control: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to conduct hearings concerning the feasibility and impact of the City replacing outdated payphone booths with new emergency service kiosks to immediately connect the public with first responders in the event of a public emergency.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature17031500.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Public Safety to conduct hearings concerning the feasibility and impact of the City replacing outdated payphone booths with new emergency service kiosks to immediately connect the public with first responders in the event of a public emergency.

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WHEREAS, Throughout the 1990s, there was a reported 2.6 million public pay phones located across the United States; and

WHEREAS, Due to the growing popularity of the cell phone market, many telephone service providers stopped their operations of public payphones across the country. In 2007, AT&T officially announced its exit from the payphone market, while Verizon announced their exit from the payphone market in 2011; and

WHEREAS, The Payphone Project has identified that there are still hundreds of public payphone booths located across the City of Philadelphia, with none of them being operational; and

WHEREAS, Although innovations in modern day technology have made public payphones obsolete, there are many citizens who are still unable to afford cellular phones to use in the event of an emergency; and

WHEREAS, The City Council of Philadelphia is already looking into other connectivity related issues within the City. Councilwoman Bass has introduced a resolution to explore adding Wi-Fi kiosks in the City. Additionally, the Public Safety Committee will explore how to increase connectivity within the Fairmount Park System; and

WHEREAS, The City of New York has lead the way in reintegrating public payphones for use by its citizens. In February of 2016, NYC repurposed more than 7,500 public payphones into emergency service kiosks. The kiosks also provide free internet service, as well as cell phone charging stations; and

WHEREAS, Emergency call boxes are an integral component of public safety on a vast number of our nation's higher education campuses which experience a much lower crime rate than the rest of the nation; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has already ...

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