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FCC Set to Require 911 Dialing For Internet Phones

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Tue, 17 May 2005 19:43:37 -0400,10801,101796,00.html

VoIP phone users reported problems getting emergency help

News Story by Jeremy Pelofsky

MAY 17, 2005 (REUTERS) - Internet telephone providers may soon have to
offer full emergency 911 calling services under an order that
U.S. regulators are expected to adopt Thursday in response to
incidents of customers having trouble getting help.

[Jack Decker COMMENT: If Reuters were reporting this truthfully,
they'd probably have to have changed that to, " ... in response to a
massive propaganda campaign by the traditional phone companies, their
public relations firms, associated astroturf groups, and other
assorted minions of Satan." Oops, sorry, got just a little carried
away there.]

Internet calls, known as voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), are sent
over a high-speed Internet connection but don't always provide 911
response centers with the caller's address and are often routed to
administrative lines.

Under pressure from state law-enforcement agencies and Congress, the
Federal Communications Commission plans to require VoIP companies to
provide 911 services to customers within 120 days of its order being
published, two officials familiar with the FCC plan said.

Full story at:,10801,101796,00.html

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