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FCC Boss Proposes 911 for Internet Phones - Sources

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Thu, 05 May 2005 11:48:49 -0400;jsessionid=MUOJOYJHQOOL4CRBAELCFFA?type=technologyNews&storyID=8397206

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman
Kevin Martin has proposed requiring Internet-based telephone services
to offer 911 emergency services to customers by as early as the end of
September, people familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

After a few incidents where customers failed to reach emergency
officials when they dialed 911, federal regulators are increasing
pressure on companies to ensure those calls get routed and answered
properly with location information.

The proposal would require companies like Vonage Holdings Corp. to
route 911 calls directly to primary emergency lines within four months
of the order being issued, the sources said, declining to be
identified because the proposal is not a public record.

Martin has circulated the proposal so it could be voted at the
agency's open meeting on May 19, the sources said. He would have to
win the votes of two of the other three FCC commissioners for approval
or work out a compromise with them.

An FCC spokesman had no immediate comment.

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