Friday, April 29, 2005

FCC To Require 911 for VoIP

The FCC finally jumped in to this fight with both feet....currently drafting a plan to require all VoIP providers to have access to 911 emergency services. This is conveniently close to the recent announcement that Verizon and SBC will be willing to give Vonage access to their 911 networks for a trial period. Once the trial period expires, they will evaluate how well the partnership went and then decide if they wish to continue the service.

Not smart...the "trial" had better become permanent and spread to other providers. Especially for Vonnage who really took it i the shorts i recent consumer lawsuits about their lack of 911 capability. Plus.....despite this new cooperation, FCC Chairman Keven Martin believes that the government needs to step in to speed up the process. He began having concerns over the 911 VoIP issue when there were reports of Vonage users that could not get a hold of the police or fire departments because their provider did not support such a service.

According to NewsFactor Technology News:

"Internet phones look the same as regular telephones," she said. "And even if you understand that 911 doesn't work with your VoIP, someone else in the house, like a babysitter, might not know that."

If the players don't get their act together....it appears Big Brother is going to force the issue.

I guess it was just a matter of time.

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