A bill has been approved by the US Senate committee that promises VoIP providers a reprive from having to forcibly disconnect customers without 911 service that is comparable to that provided by traditional telephony, as originally mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.
The bill, which now requires approval from the rest of US congress and the president before it becomes law, would give the FCC about four months to come up with new E911 requirements.
Initially, the FCC mandated that VoIP providers disconnect customers who did not acknowledge the limitations of their existing 911 services by the end of September and disconnect those without comparable E911 service by year’s end.
The new bill would prevent the FCC from enforcing that requirement for up to a year.
VoIP providers had previously complained that compliance with the FCC’s initial requirements would be costly and difficult, particularly when dealing with nomadic VoIP users.