FCC wants to extend outage reporting to VoIP

June 2011
Urgent Communications;Jun2011, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p12
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The article reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposed guideline that requires voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers to report outages as part of efforts to improve the 911 emergency call system. It notes that outage reporting information would be valuable to first responders during natural disasters or safety threats, but would have limited impact on 30 percent of residential VoIP subscribers. Commissioners agree that rulemaking authority still needs a support clause in the Communications Act.


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