HOLMDEL, N.J., Aug 21, 2006 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Vonage America Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp., (NYSE: VG), a leading Internet telephony provider, today announced that over 85% of its U.S. subscriber lines are now equipped with Enhanced 911 (E911) service -- a feature that automatically associates a physical address with the calling party's telephone number.
Over the past three months, Vonage has equipped more than 500 locally-run emergency call centers across the U.S. with E911 -- bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 5400.
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. 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 85 percent of our U.S. subscriber lines have full E911 capability, which is a tremendous step for Vonage," 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 August 7, 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 5400.
* 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, softclients, or the Vonage V-Phone, Vonage offers a national emergency call center which enables customers to get local help when they need it. STATE COUNTIES FCC ID -- 'PSAP IDENTIFIER' Arizona Maricopa 412, 406, 454, 505, 511, 400, 474 California Alameda 525 California Contra Costa 666, 532 California Marin 908, 1011, 810 California Orange 776, 1043, 876 California San Bernardino 889, 683 California San Mateo 985, 862 California Solano 1030 Colorado Fremont 1093 Georgia Bleckley 1708 Georgia Laurens 1797 Georgia Pierce 1830 Georgia Rabun 1837 Illinois Cook 2157, 2321, 2333, 2196, 2486, 2407 Illinois Du Page 2357 Kentucky Boyle 2898 Kentucky Fayette 3148 Kentucky Harrison 2897 Louisiana East Baton Rouge 3148 Maine Androscoggin 3263 Maine Kennebec 3258 Michigan Berrien 3332, 3506 Mississippi Ashtabula 5241 Mississippi Benton 3974 Mississippi George 4002 Mississippi Jones 4028 Mississippi Lamar 4033 Mississippi Tate 4096 Nebraska Chase 4571 Nebraska Cheyenne 4573 Nebraska Colfax 4575 Nebraska Dawson 4583 Nebraska Holt 4563 Nebraska Howard 4610 Nebraska Kearney 4613 Nebraska Madison 4632 North Carolina Mecklenburg 4225 North Carolina Robeson 4264 North Carolina Wayne 4475 Ohio Muskingum 5440 Ohio Wayne 5494 Oregon Douglas 5775 Oregon Malheur 5812 South Carolina Calhoun 6029 South Dakota Charles Mix 6133 Tennessee Hamilton 6246 Tennessee Houston 4563 Tennessee Weakley 6379 Texas Coleman 3492 Texas Kaufman 6688, 6939 Texas San Saba 6888 Washington Lewis 7300 Washington San Juan 7343 About Vonage
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of broadband telephone services with over 1.8 million subscriber lines as of June 30, 2006. Our award-winning technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. We offer feature-rich and cost-effective communication services that offer users an experience similar to traditional telephone services.
Our Residential Premium Unlimited and Small Business Unlimited calling plans offer consumers unlimited local and long distance calling, and popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail -- for one low, flat monthly rate. Vonage's service is sold on the web and through national retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target and is available to customers in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please visit http://www.vonage.com.
Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage(R) is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp.
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to our E911 deployment. In addition, statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release 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 growth; the risk that VoIP does not gain broader acceptance; and other factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2006, and in our subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, and therefore, you should not rely on these forward- looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.
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