Posted October 15, 2007
Fierce VoIP - http://www.fiercevoip.com/story/house-gives-nod-voip-e911/2007-10-15 - The FCC began levying fees on cable operators
for access to E911 systems--now, Congress is
ready to tell the telcos they must provide direct
access to the E911 backbone for cable companies
and other VoIP service providers.
Just out of the
House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and
the Internet, the legislation is intended to
make sure all phone customers have equal access
to E911, regardless of the technology on which
their calls are carried.
There's more to
the bill, of course, including a requirement
that the 911 Implementation and Coordination
Office develop a plan for moving the national
911 infrastructure to an IP-based multi-mode
system. The next step for the bill is the Energy
and Commerce Committee.