What’s not right about the FCC e911 ruling


In response to my piece yesterday about End of VoIP as we know it, Aswath sent me an email and pointed out that there is more than what meets the eye. He is withholding judgement, up until a full ruling, not a press release is released by FCC. On his weblog this morning, he writes

I am a bit confused about the specific definition of the term. The press release says that interconnected VoIP providers “are similar to traditional telephone providers in that they enable customers to receive calls from and terminate calls to the public switched telephone network (PSTN).” It goes on to say that “it does not place obligations on other IP-based service providers, such as those that provide instant messaging or Internet Gaming Services, because although these services may contain a voice component, customers of these Services cannot receive calls from and place calls to the PSTN.”

In other words services like Free World Dial-Up and Yahoo and AIM are free from FCC’s decree. But then Yahoo and AIM can make outbound calls using Net2Phone service for example. This clearly is a very murky situation. What if someone decides to come-up with a service that can terminate PSTN calls to say Yahoo and AIM. Then what? Will AIM and Yahoo suddenly become interconnected providers. But as the man said lets wait and see what FCC really have to say about this in its ruling documents. via



I recall reading a story once that one person had a heart attack while being on a chat session. His partner was able to summon help from afar. So one never know.

Om Malik


it is very hard to see what the FCC is doing right or wrong. However, the issue is if they are going to push VoIP as PSTN, then it has to be regulated as PSTN. I think the issues brought up by Aswath are quite real, though I think it is unlikely anyone is using an IM client to make 911 calls.


isnt this why most here would like to see voip cut its own path?

once again the decision makers do not have a clue about that they wish to control.

Comments are closed.