A 10-page measure, which has been introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, also would permit state and local governments to levy taxes on voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) companies in exchange for.
The was made public just hours before adevoted to Internet 911 regulations, at which the FCC set a late September deadline by which Net phone carriers equivalent to that available over landline or cell phones.
"The few seconds it takes someone to realize that their broadband connection cannot reach 911 can be the difference between life and death, and we cannot waste that time during an emergency," said Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., a sponsor of the bill.
In the last few months, regulators and legislators alike have become transfixed by horror stories like that of a Florida woman whothat Vonage's poor 911 service played a role in her daughter's death. VoIP services can connect to 911, but often at a lower priority and without communicating location-identifying information.
Texas' attorney general has online petition has popped up, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein even quoted the Talmud on Thursday when saying that 911 regulations must apply to VoIP. The FCC's vote to impose a 120-day deadline on VoIP providers to implement 911 service was unanimous.over its 911 service, an
The federal legislation also says that 911 emergency services must provide "nondiscriminatory" access to VoIP providers, and for the time being, a VoIP provider that doesn't work properly with 911 "shall provide a clear" notice to customers. Only VoIP providers that link up to the public telephone network would be covered.