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BellSouth 911 Offer

Telecom Web reports that Bellsouth has made an open offer to all VoIP providers to connect to it’s 911 routers.  BellSouth said, in a statement attributed to CTO Bill Smith, that the company has “committed to the expeditious development and offer for sale of a E911 product for VoIP providers” in response to a Vonage request for such action.

This is a start.  However, BellSouth’s solution still puts the burden on the VoIP provider to furnish the actual location of the customer premises equipment. 

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  • ellie drey May 28, 2006, 8:08 pm

    "Telecom Web reports that Bellsouth has made an open offer to all VoIP providers to connect to it’s 911 routers. BellSouth said,CTO Bill Smith in response to a Vonage request ."About time something has to be done to bring 911 and voip together, connecting the country to the safety of 911 .911 is for the safety of the community.I can't believe that voip hasnt been thought out and planned .911 should be on top 10 list of must have things in a new call service in my opinion.

  • Alec May 29, 2006, 2:24 am

    No doubt, Ellie. I think the real issue is where the burden of providing location should lie – the operator of the VoIP service, or the underlying access provider. In my opinion, it's the latter.

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