HOLMDEL, N.J., June 1, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Vonage America Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading Internet telephony provider, today announced that over 80 percent of its U.S. subscriber lines now have Enhanced 911 (E911) service -- a feature that automatically associates a physical address with the calling party's telephone number -- and that it is continuing to quickly equip new counties across the nation with E911 everyday.
Over the past two weeks, Vonage has equipped an additional 85 locally-run emergency call centers, in over 30 new counties, with E911 -- bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 4700.
In June 2005, 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. Currently, Vonage continues to test and turn up new PSAPs which are VoIP-ready every day and will continue to do so until Vonage customers have access to E911.
"Today over 80 percent of our U.S. subscriber lines have full E911 capability," said Jeffrey A. Citron, Vonage's chairman and chief strategist. "Vonage will continue to work with the FCC, regulators, Congress and public safety until PSAPs across the nation are equipped with E911."
Since May 12, Vonage has added the following counties to its list of those with E911 capabilities -- bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 4700.
* In the event Vonage is unable to connect to the 911 system or for customers who are using mobile devices such as Wi-Fi phones or softclients, Vonage offers a national emergency call center which enables customers to get local help when they need it. STATE COUNTIES FCC ID -- 'PSAP IDENTIFIER' Alabama Autauga 133 Alabama Baldwin 134 Alabama Cherokee 147 Alabama Jefferson 138, 211 Alabama Limestone 130 Alabama Mobile 238 Colorado Boulder 1088 Colorado Grand 1164 Colorado Larimer 1196 Colorado Morgan 1222 Colorado Weld 1287 Colorado Yuma 1286 Florida Highlands 1531 Georgia Pickens 1829 Illinois Marshall 2323 Indiana Adams 2504 Indiana Johnson 2633 Indiana Newton 2634 Indiana Pulaski 2651 Indiana Starke 2671 Iowa Johnson 1961 Iowa Wapello 1997 Louisiana Jefferson 3086 Maine Sagadahoc 3287 Michigan Clinton 3357 Michigan Macomb 3574, 3373 Minnesota Dodge 3622 Mississippi Newton 4060 Montana Cascade 4135 Montana Lewis and Clarke 4136 Nebraska Hamilton 4603 Nebraska Sheridan 4653 New Mexico Chaves 4953 New Mexico Lincoln 4928 New Mexico Los Alamos 4929 New Mexico San Juan 4956 New Mexico San Miguel 4926 New Mexico Sierra 4967 New Mexico Socorro 4969 New Mexico Torrance 4985 New Mexico Valencia 4931, 4988 North Carolina Alexander 4175 North Carolina Bertie 4190 North Carolina Durham 4253 North Carolina Robeson 4329 North Carolina Union 4464 North Dakota Mercer 4524 Ohio Belmont 5412, 5504 Ohio Crawford 5309 Ohio Shelby 5506 Ohio Washington 5262, 5545 Ohio Williams 5562 Oklahoma Tulsa 5738 Oregon Baker 5756 Oregon Clatsop 5825 Pennsylvania Mifflin 5909 South Carolina Berkley 6028 South Carolina Lancaster 6073 South Carolina Lexington 6030 South Carolina Oconee 6088 South Carolina Orangeburg 6089 South Dakota Marshall 6160 Tennessee Benton 6208 Tennessee Campbell 6217 Tennessee Hamilton 6298, 6359 Tennessee Lawrence 6291 Tennessee Madison 6280 Tennessee Morgan 6320 Tennessee Rutherford 6345 Texas Cherokee 6675 Texas Dallas 6527 Texas Deaf Smith 6643 Virginia Danville City 7116 Virginia Dinwiddie 7118 Virginia King and Queen 7151 Washington Snohomish 7308 (vg-l) About Vonage
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a pioneer in the Internet telephony industry. The award winning Vonage(R) service is sold on the web and through national retailers. Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please visit http://www.vonage.com or call 1-VONAGE-HELP. Vonage(R) is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp.
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time the statements are made and/or management's belief as of that time with respect to future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, our history of net operating losses and our need for cash to finance our growth; the competition we face; our dependence on our customers' existing broadband connections; differences between our service and traditional phone services, including our 911 service; uncertainties relating to regulation of VoIP services; system disruptions or flaws in our technology; our ability to manage our rapid growth; the risk that VoIP does not gain broader acceptance; and other factors described in our registration statement on Form S-1, as amended, and in our subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC.
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