VoIP 911

Seems like the states are going crazy, focusing on why VoIP providers aren’t providing 911 support. According to this VoIP e911 article, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is proposing legislation to get Internet-based phone providers to give customers the same kind of access to 911 operators as those who use regular telephone lines. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the FCC is working with RBOCs who SURPIRISE, aren’t allowing unfettered access to 911 infrastructure. What the mainstream press isn’t picking up on is that many VoIP providers, especially Vonage are trying to provide 911 service that is on par or better than the PSTN. When you don’t have the keys to the house, it is tough to get in and the RBOCS aren’t the industry’s best friend at the moment. The feds need to make sure VoIP providers have unfettered access to PSAPS and they also need to require that all VoIP providers have e911 service equal the PSTN.

  • Tom
    September 1, 2005 at 11:49 am

    Phone companies who slow the process of letting VOIP companies use 911 as quickly as possible should be sued out of existence. People can die and homes can burn because they want to protect their competitive advantage.

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