Holmdel, NJ, February 9, 2006 Vonage Marketing, a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of broadband phone service, today announced that it has turned on emergency 911 service in over 2,500 PSAPs across the country. In less than one week, Vonage equipped an additional 125 calling centers, in close to 40 new counties, with 911 capabilities.
In June, the FCC gave Vonage, and all Internet-based phone service companies, 120 days to create an E911 system from scratch, and provide all of its customers, wherever they are in the U.S., with E911 service. In that amount of time,Vonage worked closely with local 911 centers, also known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), across the country to turn on E911 for as many customers as it could.
"Now that the majority of our customers have full E911 capability, we are looking forward to completing our turn up in record time. By comparison, it took the wireless industry 10 years to turn on emergency 911 service in one-half of the nation's PSAPs, a feat we've accomplished in less than a year," said Jeffrey A. Citron, Vonage's Chairman and Chief Strategist. "And Vonage will continue to work with the FCC, regulators, Congress and public safety until PSAPs across the nation are equipped with E911."
"Vonage completed deploying E911 throughout the entire state of Vermont this past January," said David Serra, Executive Director of the Vermont E911 Board. "Of all the VoIP service providers with which we have been working, Vonage has done the best job in deploying E911 in Vermont. They are very accessible and provided us with what we needed. Although we encountered some inevitable hurdles during the process, Vonage was always available to implement a solution to the problem."
Since February 1st, Vonage has added more than 100 PSAPs in the following counties ─ bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 2500.
|STATE||COUNTIES||FCC ID -- 'PSAP IDENTIFIER'|
|Michigan||Wayne||3403, 3416, 3532, 3541|
|New Jersey||Atlantic||4716, 4672, 4742|
|New Jersey||Bergen||4732, 4734|
|New Jersey||Camden||4695, 4703, 4875, 4891|
|New Jersey||Cumberland||4874, 4708|
|New Jersey||Essex||4677, 4787, 4807, 4810, 4693, 4770, 4813, 4778, 4684, 4727, 4759|
|New Jersey||Morris||4692, 4701, 4795, 4847, 4692, 4843, 4709, 4729, 4792, 4821, 4838, 4799|
|New Jersey||Passaic||4769, 4882, 4822, 4825, 4705, 4822, 4825, 4705, 4823,|
|New Jersey||Somerset||4877, 4856, 4687|
|New Jersey||Sussex||4754, 4872, 4863, 4673|
|New Jersey||Union||4831, 4870, 4718, 4753, 4865|