TITLE

FCC Enhance VoIP Demand

AUTHOR(S)
Scoblete, Greg
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics;6/6/2005, Vol. 20 Issue 12, p37
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has required service providers of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephony to offer Enhanced 911 (E911) calling to subscribers within 120 days of May 19, 2005. James Crowe, CEO of Level 3 Communications lauded the ruling as evidence of the VoIP technology's mainstream potential and a step toward broadening adoption. The requirement will have limited impact on end-user equipment but might impact the cost of service as VoIP providers forge deals with incumbent local phone companies that route emergency calls over the traditional landline telephony network. Enhanced 911 refers to the ability to transmit the phone number and location of a caller to emergency personnel. In its ruling, the FCC cited instances in which consumers failed to reach emergency personnel using a VoIP service despite dialing 911. The ruling was preceded by announcements of Vonage that it would offer E911 in partnership with Verizon, SBC and Bellsouth. Other providers announced that they would comply at or ahead of schedule. SunRocket announced that it expects to beat the deadline and is no longer selling its services in regions where it cannot offer E911.
ACCESSION #
17277611

 

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