Tuesday, April 26, 2005

FCC Chief Wants 911 on VOIP

"FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said on Tuesday he would soon propose requiring Internet-based telephone providers to offer their customers emergency 911 dialing services.... Calls to 911 with traditional telephones provide emergency service dispatchers with the caller's number and address. VOIP providers have limited access to the systems connecting those calls to primary emergency lines and location information is not always available." [Ed. note] Heck, cell companies are owned by RBOCs and even they can't provide E-911. How is a non-telco like Vonage going to provide it? OTOH, if one person dies using your digital phone service who couldn't reach 911, hello Johnny Cochran (or his newly minted replacement)!

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