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BellSouth Gives VoIP Operators Some 911 Help

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Fri, 06 May 2005 07:59:26 -0400

By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET

BellSouth is opening up its 911 routers to all Net telephony operators
and nearing a deal to give Vonage access to its emergency calling
infrastructure, the Baby Bell said Thursday.

A day earlier, a spokesman for Verizon Communications, which also owns
a significant portion of the 911 infrastructure, said it signed a pact
with Vonage for the same kind of access.

The two developments highlight rapid changes that will, starting later
this year, allow Vonage and other voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
providers to offer a 911 service that accompanies each emergency call
with the person's address and phone number.

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