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Re: FCC's 911 Move a Trojan Horse? Critics Charge Engineering

Thor Lancelot Simon (
Fri, 20 May 2005 21:27:19 UTC

In article <>, Barry Margolin
<> wrote:

> I believe the issue is that even once you activate it, you wouldn't
> get connected to real E911 services. The LECs didn't provide them
> with the proper access to the E911 infrastructure, so Vonage was
> forwarding 911 to administrative offices rather than 911 operators.

If you read "The LECs didn't provide them with" as "Vonage wasn't
willing to pay for, and thus didn't receive", you'd be about right.

As has been repeatedly noted here and elsewhere, there are other, more
responsible, VoIP carriers -- e.g. the cable companies' in-house
telcos, or Packet8 -- who chose the more responsible, if perhaps less
satisfying to shareholders, tack of paying their share of the costs of
maintaining the E911 infrastructure rather than playing public-
relations and political games as Vonage did instead.

Thor Lancelot Simon

"The inconsistency is startling, though admittedly, if consistency is
to be abandoned or transcended, there is no problem." - Noam Chomsky

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