New Jersey-based VoIP service provider Vonage announced on Monday that over 85 percent of its subscriber lines in the U.S. are currently equipped with Enhanced 911 (E911), a feature that associates a physical address with the calling party's telephone number automatically.
Since August 7, Vonage (News - Alert) added the following counties to its list of those with E911 capabilities: Maricopa, Arizona; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Orange, San Bernardino, San Mateo and Solano, California; Fremont, Colorado; Bleckley, Laurens, Pierce and Rabun, Georgia; Cook and Du Page, Illinois; Boyle, Fayette and Harrison, Kentucky; East Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Androscoggin, and Kennebec, Maine; Berrien, Michigan; Ashtabula, Benton, George, Jones, Lamar and Tate, Mississippi; Chase, Cheyenne, Colfax, Dawson, Holt, Howard, Kearney and Madison, Nebraska; Mecklenburg, Robeson and Wayne, North Carolina; Muskingum and Wayne, Ohio; Douglas and Malheur, Oregon; Calhoun and Charles Mix, South Carolina; Hamilton, Houston, and Weakley, Tennessee; Coleman, Kaufman and San Saba, Texas; and Lewis and San Juan, Washington.
The service provider has since turned on E911 at more than 500 locally-run emergency call centers across the U.S., bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 to over 5400.
"Today over 85 percent of our U.S. subscriber lines have full E911 capability, which is a tremendous step for Vonage," said Vonage's chairman and chief strategist Jeffrey A. Citron in a statement. "Vonage will continue to work with the FCC (News - Alert), regulators, Congress and public safety until PSAPs across the nation are equipped with E911."
Providers had to step up to the plate and get their E911 access up and running after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered they do so back in June last year. The agency gave the companies 120 days to complete the difficult task. Vonage worked closely with local Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), across the country to turn on E911 for as many customers as quickly as it could. Vonage is currently testing new PSAPs which are VoIP-ready every day.
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