HOLMDEL, N.J., Sept 26, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Vonage America Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG), a leading Internet telephony provider, today announced that over 90% 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.
In less than one month, Vonage has equipped an additional 250 locally-run emergency call centers across the U.S. with E911 -- bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 5800.
Vonage's nomadic E911 solution gives customers the ability to reach a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), or 911 center, through the dedicated 911 network infrastructure. With Vonage's nomadic E911 solution, a customer's call is automatically routed to the appropriate 911 center, with the caller's registered street address and telephone number appearing on the dispatcher screen -- regardless of where or what exchange they are calling from. Vonage will continue to turn up and test new PSAPs that are VoIP-ready every day.
"Today over 90 percent of our U.S. subscriber lines have full E911 capability, which is a tremendous step for Vonage," said Vonage CEO Michael Snyder. "Vonage will continue to work with the FCC, regulators, Congress and public safety until PSAPs across the nation are equipped with E911."
In just 15 days, 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 5800.
* 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' Alabama Elmore 176, 237 Alabama Crenshaw 164 Alabama De Kalb 190 Alabama Hale 201 Alabama Randolph 261 Alabama Lowndes 229 Arkansas Jefferson 352 Arkansas Lonoke 8086 Arkansas Baxter 293 Arkansas Craighead 336 Arkansas Crittenden 312, 7984 Arkansas Greene 363 Arkansas Jackson 360 Arkansas Poinsett 367 Arkansas Cross 313 Arkansas St. Francis 384 California Sonoma 903 California Contra Costa 1039 California Sacramento 738 California Tulare 1006 California Alameda 787 California Los Angeles 794, 780, 980 California San Francisco 1018 California Lake 779 Connecticut Hartford 1324 Florida Columbia 1486 Georgia Coffee 1731 Georgia Troup 1878 Georgia Wayne 1876 Illinois Cook 2495, 2376 Illinois Marion 2418 Indiana Greene 2564, 2608 Indiana Crawford 2535 Iowa Decatur 1933 Iowa Dallas 1930, 2001 Iowa Lucas 1977 Iowa Webster 2027 Iowa Henry 1957 Iowa Warren 2023 Iowa Boone 1903 Iowa Davis 1932 Iowa Greene 1948 Iowa Buchanan 1905 Iowa Cherokee 1918 Iowa Chickasaw 1919 Iowa Guthrie 1950 Kentucky Lee 2968 Kentucky Harlan 2938 Louisiana Richland 3116 Louisiana Bienville 3054 Louisiana West Baton Rouge 3111 Maine Androscoggin 3240 Maine Kennebec 3258 Michigan Wayne 3569 Michigan Oakland 3412 Minnesota St. Louis 3717, 3716 Minnesota Cook 3617 Minnesota Carlton 3610 Mississippi Marshall 4051 Mississippi Neshoba 4059 Missouri St. Charles 3933 New Jersey Hudson 4676 New York Chenango 5054 North Carolina Caldwell 4205 North Carolina Haywood 4296 Ohio Montgomery 5371 Ohio Cuyahoga 5323 Pennsylvania Wayne 5935 South Carolina Lancaster 6072 South Dakota Yankton 6201 South Dakota Charles Mix 6133 South Dakota Hughes 6176 Tennessee Hamblen 6261 Tennessee Tipton 6368 Tennessee Claiborne 6228 Texas Hopkins 6654, 6450 Texas Rockwall 6867 Texas Kaufman 6689, 6939 Texas Lubbock 6746 Texas Kimble 6698 Texas Rusk 6642 Texas Zavala 6520 Washington Benton 7355 Washington Clallam 7328 West Virginia Wetzel 7608 Wisconsin Walworth 7416, 7538 vg-l About Vonage
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of broadband telephone services with over 2 million subscriber lines. 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.
Mitchell Slepian, +1-732-528-2677, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chris Murray, +1-202-295-8783, email@example.com, both of Vonage
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