News Report: FCC to Propose 911 Obligations for Internet Providers

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Tuesday said he would propose requiring Internet-based phone providers to deliver emergency 911 services, Reuters reported.

After discussing the issue during a House subcommittee hearing, Martin told reporters he planned to offer a proposal to the other FCC commissioners so they could vote on the item in May, the news agency reported.

Last year, the FCC prohibited states from imposing traditional rules on IP-based phone providers like Vonage Holdings Corp. in a move that local regulators viewed as barring them from requiring emergency 911 services.

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