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Byline: Bob Keefe
Oct. 3--A service that could allow rescuers to locate distress calls made from cellular phones was supposed to have started Monday.
But because of high costs, technical problems and just plain procrastination, none of the major wireless companies met the deadline. Instead, they've all asked the Federal Communications Commission for waivers.
The agency has yet to rule, and isn't expected to penalize the companies for missing the deadline.
But in the wake of reports that some victims of the World Trade Center attack used cell phones to call for help, there might be new pressure to implement the service.