FCC Adopts New E911 Access Mandates for Interconnected VoIP Providers


On October 21, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted new regulations implementing certain key provisions of the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (“NET 911 Act”).This legislation, enacted on July 23, 2008, directed the FCC to adopt regulations to ensure that all interconnected VoIP service providers are guaranteed access to network facilities and capabilities needed to provide 911 and Enhanced 911 (“E911”) services.In the NET 911 Act, Congress indicated that the FCC should impose access requirements similar to those afforded to Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) providers.

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