Senate Puts FCC on Hold
Via Red Herring.
The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill late Wednesday that gives Internet voice providers access to the same Emergency 911 services as wireless service providers and also raps the knuckles of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for setting unreasonable compliance conditions.
The IP-Enabled Voice Communications and Public Safety Act of 2005, which was passed unanimously, sets new guidelines for the FCC and takes much of the edge off of the FCC’s recent policy. It requires the FCC to formulate new rules for VoIP E911 within 120 days, in effect erasing the FCC’s November 28 compliance deadline.