In what seems to be the best case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, VoIP providers will soon be shutting you off if you haven’t responded to their 911 acknowledgement. While I can’t really see this happening, Russell points out how difficult it will be to get people to respond the acknowledgement requests.
I just acknowledged that I understood this situation today. Interestingly AT&T CallVantage sent me a sticker to put on my phone that explains the 911 problems with VoIP.
One of the things the sticker says is “Voice service including E-911 service DOES NOT function during an electrical power or broadband outage.”
The thing is that I have 5 phones in my house connected to my VoIP line so I need four more stickers!