Monday, August 15, 2005

Appeal filed over Net phones' E911 rule

Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache write in C|Net News:

A federal requirement forcing Internet phone companies to provide 911 service to all their customers by November is drawing criticism and a legal challenge.

Nuvio, a Kansas-based provider of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, said Monday that it has appealed the rule to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The rule also says that VoIP companies must disconnect customers who have not acknowledged warnings about 911 shortcomings by Aug. 30.

Nuvio asked the court to accelerate its review of the Federal Communications Commission's regulations so the process can be completed by Nov. 7, Jason Talley, the company's president, said in a telephone interview Monday. That's because of a second deadline, Nov. 28, for providing full 911 service or disconnecting subscribers, Talley said.


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