One of VoIP's chief issues is that when callers use a VoIP service to dial 911 from a different computer than they register with their VoIP access provider, emergency services dispatchers will not be able to immediately identify the call's location.
In a statement yesterday, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) president Greg Ballentineasked President Bush to prod the Federal Communications Commission on this issue.
Ballentine told Bush that the FCC needs to get moving on "enforceable regulation (s) requiring VoIP service providers to add enhanced 911 services now.
APCO is deeply concerned that the rapid deployment of VoIP services will have a serious, negative impact on the provision of 911 emergency communications across the nation. We believe the FCC needs to move quickly to require that VoIP services provide full access to 911 now, before it is too late," said Ballentine.
Ballentine added that such FCC action should take precedence over any FCC debates on how much or how little VoIP should be regulated.
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