Colleague Declan McCullagh notes that yesterday, VoIP provider Nuvio asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to appeal an FCC rule that requires VoIP companies to provide E911 service to all their customers by November 28.
Nuvio doesn't there's enough time for this capability to be fully in place. There's vendor selection, testing, and implementation issues.
Nuvio president Jason Talley tells Declan he expects "between 6 to 10" other IP telephony providers will join the fight.
I do wonder though, how much of these requests are driven by:
- A bid for time in order to work on loosening E911 access regulations;
- A bid for time in order to lessen the pain of E911 capital expenditures by spreading out these costs over time;
- Warnings from in-house lawyers that any E911 system has to be better than perfect to forestall suits from consumers;
- Need for more time to educate consumers - who,by the time of the deadline, will begin to have been distracted by the holiday season;
- A realization that established procurement and sub-contracting procedures make rapid deployment of any new service procedures a stretch.