VoIP Cutoff Coming… Are All VoIP Providers Being Honest?
from the who's-gonna-check? dept
We’ve written about the somewhat bizarre requirement by the FCC for VoIP providers to cut off any customer who doesn’t acknowledge that VoIP 911 might have problems (even though regular 911 may have problems too and even if the VoIP provider has fully working E911 service). That deadline is getting closer, leading many stories trying to alert people to the fact that they may lose their VoIP lines in a few days if they don’t officially acknowledge the potential weaknesses in VoIP 911. The reports from the VoIP providers are somewhat mixed about how many of their customers have responded, but it does raise a question: who is going to check those numbers? Will the FCC go around and make sure that customers have actually acknowledged the 911 notice? So here come the rumors, as some have noted that Time Warner Cable is claiming 100% of their customers have officially acknowledged the 911 issue. Getting all the way to 100% is quite impressive, and apparently some think that Time Warner is simply calling the FCC’s bluff to see if (1) anyone will check and (2) they’ll really force the VoIP providers to cut off customers. Should be a fun few days.