To comply with new regulations and reassure concerned customers, Vonage has
struck deals to gain access to SBC’s
enhanced 911 (E911) systems, the VoIP leader said today.
The announcements came just hours before the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) mandated that broadband telephony providers offer E911,
which provides emergency dispatchers with a caller’s location and callback
They also follow disturbing stories of Vonage customers reaching a recording rather than an
operator when they dialed 911 during emergencies.
With the additions of SBC and BellSouth, Vonage now has E911 agreements
with three of four Baby Bells. The Edison, N.J.-based company signed its
first pact with Verizon
earlier this month. It’s apparently
still hammering out the details of a pact with Qwest
Almost two months ago, Vonage and SBC were butting heads over this issue.
“SBC and BellSouth have really come a long way over just a few short
weeks — we now have a good-faith agreement to get this done in the
marketplace so all of our customers can get E911, regardless of what number
they’re calling from and where,” Jeffrey A. Citron, Vonage CEO, said in a