This week saw the FCC deadline for compliance letters by interconnected VoIP providers regarding provision E9-1-1. The International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC), which provides company and vendor-neutral unbiased views of solutions critical to VoIP issues announced its report in response.
The IPCC forum, working to advance VoIP over broadband cable, wireless, and wireline, announced a technical report that discusses emergency calling requirements for VoIP networks. The report assists service providers offering VoIP services, and agencies (FCC, NENA, APCO) that regulate and advocate emergency services.
According to IPCC's Chairman Michael Khalilian, "It is well understood that VoIP is a nomadic service. As such, there is no location information associated with a call event. While the building blocks of location-identifying technology exist, this is still a topic widely open to innovation and implementation. And, while we completely understand the regulatory drive to support emergency services, the report advocates the need for a realistic timeframe for a complete solution. Further, the report compares VoIP to cellular services, which for the past 10 years has posed a challenge to the FCC and the industry in implementing emergency services for E911."
The IPCC report entitled, "Emergency (E911) Calling Requirements for VoIP Networks," discusses all aspects of E911 calling, the FCC requirements, current E911 challenges, National Emergency Number Association (NENA) solutions, 911 data objects, interface definitions, functional elements, implications of the architecture, as well as conclusions and recommendations.
IPCC's Director of Technical Working Groups Marian Stasney commented, "In order to accelerate VoIP deployments, the IPCC drives common methodologies and metrics for VoIP, such as interconnecting with traditional networks, and IP convergence. Our Technical Working Groups, which are comprised of IPCC member companies who represent all aspects of VoIP technology, products and services, ensure each document is company and vendor-neutral, and represents an unbiased view of solutions to critical VoIP issues."
Summaries of technical reports are available on the IPCC website at www.ipccforum.org. To obtain a copy of the reports, and for information about joining the IPCC, contact Debbie Hetland at firstname.lastname@example.org.