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Vonage E911 news

Thought I'd share this news about Vonage and E911 using Intrado. As you know, one of the knocks against VoIP is 911 support in the event of emergencies. Of course, I have heard from a few people in the VoIP industry "knocking" against using Intrado's database. It could be due to the price-tag of using Intrado's database or it can simply be the people in the VoIP industry knocking them since don't have E911 support themselves. Or it could be that you have to register your home address into the Intrado database beforehand in order for it to work.

Who knows? But let me just share Vonage's big news involving the smallest state in America - Rhode Island...

On Thursday, Vonage will hold a joint press conference with Intrado and the state of Rhode Island 911 Administration at the National Press Club to announce a trial they have completed in RI for VoIP E 9-1-1. This is a major step forward for Vonage and the VoIP industry as a whole to get closer to an E 9-1-1 solution for VoIP calls.

In addition, Vonage will announce their participation in the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) "Next Generation E 9-1-1" forum. This body, led by NENA will facilitate discussion on next generation technologies and services that serve as an exciting opportunity to improve our nation's 9-1-1 system. Joining the NENA process, Vonage will serve as a charter member.

Below, please find more details on the press conference, who is speaking, and what will be discussed. Let me know if you are planning on attending or joining in via Webcast or teleconference and I will add you to the RSVP list.

Vonage will be available for interviews Thursday both at the press conference and via phone.

VONAGE®, RHODE ISLAND E 9-1-1 AND INTRADO TEST ENHANCED 9-1-1 FOR VOIP

Edison, NJ, October 12, 2004 - Vonage Holdings Corp., the leading provider of broadband phone service, the Rhode Island PSAP and Intrado Inc., North America's leading provider of 9-1-1systems, will announce successful trials for broadband telephony emergency services calls.

WHO:

· Jeffrey A. Citron, Chairman and CEO, Vonage Holdings Corp.
· Ray Labelle, Executive Director, RI E 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System
· Mary Boyd, Vice President of Government and External Affairs, Intrado

WHAT: Announcement of E 9-1-1 VoIP Trial
WHEN: October 14, 2004, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
WHERE: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
WEBCAST: http://www.ConnectLive.com/events/vonage

TELECONFERENCE # 1-888-882-NEWS
· Please RSVP to mslepian@vonage.com
· Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM EDT
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NENA CREATES NEXT-GENERATION E 9-1-1 FORUM
Vonage® to Serve as a Charter Member and Participant

Edison, NJ, October 12, 2004 - Vonage Holdings Corp., the leading provider of broadband phone service will join the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the voice of 9-1-1, in announcing Vonage's participation in the "Next Generation E 9-1-1" forum. This body, led by NENA will facilitate discussion on next generation technologies and services that serve as an exciting opportunity to improve our nation's 9-1-1 system. Joining the NENA process, Vonage will serve as a charter member.

WHO:
· Steve Seitz, Government Affairs Director, NENA
· Jeffrey A. Citron, Chairman and CEO, Vonage Holdings Corp.

WHAT: Next-Generation E 9-1-1 Forum
WHEN: October 14, 2004, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
WHERE: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
WEBCAST: http://www.ConnectLive.com/events/vonage

TELECONFERENCE #: 1-888-882-NEWS
· Please RSVP to mslepian@vonage.com
· Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM EDT



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