This is good news for the industry. According to Information Week, legislators passed the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act (H.R. 3403). The act states that 911 networks operators must give VoIP providers customers access to 911 services.
It is pretty hard to think that the traditional teleco’s were actually blocking access to these networks; ones designed to help those in need of assistance.
The New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act also has a plan for a national IP-enabled emergency network for citizen-activated emergencies. It is refreshing to the see the ultimate dinosaur, the federal government, getting involved to make sure other dinosaurs don’t go extinct, but evolve with the times.