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Vonage Calls SBC Proposal "Half-Baked"

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Wed, 04 May 2005 18:17:52 -0400

Vonage and Verizon Call up E911

Vonage will spend tens of millions of dollars to interconnect with
Verizon's enhanced-911 system (E911) under a first-of-its-kind
agreement announced today.

The pact between the Voice over IP upstart and regional carrier means
location and callback numbers of Vonage subscribers dialing 911 from
Verizon's territory will be delivered to emergency dispatchers.

Schulz hopes the remaining Baby Bells -- SBC and BellSouth -- will
follow Verizon's lead. Vonage and SBC have scrapped over
E911. However, Wes Warnock, an SBC spokesman, said the discussions
with Vonage continue.

"Last week we provided them with a commercial agreement, whereby
Vonage would have direct connections to 911 systems that are identical
to connections provided to CLECs," Warnock said. "We're hopeful that
we will be able to soon reach an agreement."

But Schulz called SBC's proposal "half-baked."

"Until SBC offers to sell us the same elements Verizon and Qwest have
offered, we are not going to be able to implement E911 in their
territory," she said.

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