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How was 911 chosen to be America's national emergency number?
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  1. When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to establish a national emergency number in 1967, FCC officials met with AT&T officials to discuss the idea. The first thing they had to decide on was a number. Everyone agreed the number had to be easy to remember, and a three-digit number fit the bill. The number also had to be one that was not yet assigned as an area code, office code or service code. The winner was 911.

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