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Telcos, Cablecos Aid Disaster Relief Efforts

Dozens of telecom and cable companies are mobilizing to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, ranging from suspending bill-pay requirements to donating financial aid and communications equipment. For example, cable provider Cox Communications said today it is suspending billing from Aug. 29 until services are restored for customers in the New Orleans area. Cox’s first […]

E911: Responding to VoIP’s Emergency

In the wake of the FCC decision to require VoIP service providers to offer E911 services, VoIP service providers have been facing an emergency themselves - one that will require fast response from the industry. The FCC gave VoIP providers 120 days - until October - to come up with a system that will deliver both the caller […]

TCS: VoIP Verify Meets FCCs E911 Mandate

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which provides wireless data technologies to carriers, enterprise and government customers, today introduced its TCS VoIP Verify service. It gives VoIP subscribers through their operators the ability to dial a predefined number, such as “933,” from their VoIP phones to determine the availability and extent of emergency services coverage from the caller’s […]

FCC Not Finished with VoIP 911 Rules

Taking your landline phone on the road is one of the cool features of Internet-based phone service, but it also is creating a headache for regulators who want to ensure emergency operators know where a distressed caller is located. The FCC plans to do something about it. In an order released Friday requiring Internet phone […]

VoIP Providers Slam FCC E911 Decision

VoIP service providers and industry members attacked the FCC’s May 19 order requiring VoIP operators to provide E911, saying the ruling sets up requirements that are impossible for the industry to meet within the timeframe set by the agency. Compliance with the rules must be within 120 days of the order’s publication in the Federal […]

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 […]

Verizon To Give VoIP Providers Access to E911

Verizon Communications Inc. announced today it will give VoIP service providers and their vendors the ability to use Verizons Enhanced 911 emergency calling system to connect VoIP customer 911 calls to public-safety answering points (PSAPs), the company said in a statement. Details of how such a service would work were sketchy, but a Verizon press […]

Volo Debuts i-911 Service

Wholesale provider Volo Communications this week said it now offers a ubiquitous 911 solution to CLECs, IXCs, cable and wireless operators, ISPs and resellers throughout North America. The company is using technology developer HBF Group Inc.’s 911 service, i-911, and says it lets providers make VoIP a primary offering. Part of Volos VoiceOne Information Service (VOIS), […]

XO Resells Notification Service

XO Resells Notification Service It makes sense to be able to communicate immediately about something as serious as an emergency alert, or something as mundane as a bill’s due date. That’s why XO Interactive Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of service provider XO Communications Inc., has signed on as a reseller for MIR3 Inc.’s INlogicNOW […]

Answering VoIP’s E911 Call

One of the advantages of VoIP is that it eliminates geographic boundaries traditionally associated with voice networks, allowing users to travel while making and receiving phone calls as if they were at home or their office. However, this convenience creates some technical challenges for enhanced 911 services, including the ability to identify the caller’s location […]

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