Deadline? I Don't Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
from the someone-get-the-FCC-some-help dept
It would appear that the FCC is a bit of a pushover when it comes to its own arbitrary and pointless deadlines. You may recall that they put in place a somewhat random deadline requiring all VoIP providers to get their subscribers to check a box saying that they understood that VoIP 911 didn't work the way regular 911 worked. For anyone who didn't check that box, the VoIP providers would be forced to cut them off from service... except (irony alert) from calling 911. The original deadline for such notifications was at the end of July. But, when it looked like a lot of people were about to be cut off for no good reason, the FCC pushed it back a month. At the end of August? Same thing. The line in the sand was pushed back to the end of this month. You may have noticed that we're now reaching the end of September, and with the deadline fast approaching, it turns out that it's been pushed back one more month. Now VoIP providers have until Halloween before before taking away service. Of course, it's not that long after October 31st when VoIP providers will be required to provide functional E911 service anyway -- so the deadline has now become almost completely useless. Of course, it's the right move not to be cutting people off, but it makes you wonder why the FCC bothered to have a deadline in the first place?