TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Vonage Partners with Verizon to Boost 911 Services

Vonage Partners with Verizon to Boost 911 Services

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Thu, 05 May 2005 11:51:10 -0400,1759,1812846,00.asp

By Libe Goad

Some voice over IP customers in select parts of the country could,
within 6 months, have improved access to 911 emergency services,
thanks to a new alliance forged between broadband phone service
provider Vonage Holdings Corp. and Verizon.

"Verizon is a responsible steward of the E911 [Enhanced 911] public
trust," Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron said, "through their foresight,
Vonage is able to implement an E911 solution that will serve all

After the rollout takes place, customers will be relieved from having
to tell emergency operators their whereabouts because, for the first
time, the service will let operators know the caller's location and
callback number.

Since the broadband service allows customers to use area codes from
other parts of the country, routing these calls to a localized
emergency service has taken some serious maneuvering.

"We've historically offered the wireline service, a select kind of
solution that's restrictive because it can only use local telephone
numbers," Vonage spokesperson Brooke Schulz said.

"We need to architect a solution that works for all of our customers,
especially since 40 percent or more use non-local phone numbers."

Full story at:,1759,1812846,00.asp

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