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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

VoIP Including 911

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 4-0 to force the full featured "Enhanced 911" to Voice-over-Internet-Protocol services...

Under the new FCC ruling, VoIP providers now must give customers a way to update their location each time they use the service away from home so that the emergency numbers can track the call and respond accordingly and hopefully be more efficient in saving lives.

This is great news to hear, especially when one has Skype for a phone service (something this blogger recommends). Many people use VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) as it is not only cheaper (Skype is about two cents per minute and purchasing a phone line is very inexpensive) but is also in step with the upcoming computer generation.

It looks like Congress is also trying to help out as well.
The Congress though has come up with the final answer to the problem of providing the citizen with at least these basic services in the form of a pair of bills introduced in the House and Senate that requires the Internet phone firms to provide 911 services and also instructs the Bells to provide the connections on a "non-discriminatory" basis. The Congress may also threaten the FCC with the fact that if they do not use these two bills as a model, it could be turned into a law.

The latter may have to happen as many of these "regular" phone companies have a lot to lose to these VoIP businesses (unless they go VoIP themselves). Hopefully Skype will incorporate this feature inside as it would make it easier for this blogger to leave it's current phone service and switch entirely towards the computer.

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