Deadline revoked for Net phones

By Derek Sooman on September 29, 2005, 8:05 PM
The Federal Communications Commission has revoked a deadline for US ISPs to disconnect customers who have not accepted that they understand it may be hard to reach a live emergency dispatcher when dialling emergency services in the United States.

The agency explained on Tuesday that the status reports required from every Internet phone company last week showed that by "repeatedly prompting subscribers through a variety of means," most providers "have obtained acknowledgments from nearly all, if not all, of their subscribers."
Some 10,000 customers were facing a cut off had this gone ahead. The move was intended as an intermediate safeguard while Internet phone companies rush to fulfil an directive whereby they add a full emergency call service for their customers before the end of the year, and came about because of some horror stories regarding incidents in which Internet phone users were unable to connect with a live emergency dispatch operator when calling 911.




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