, a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of broadband phone service, announced that it has turned on emergency 911 service in over 2,200 PSAPs across the country. In less than a week, Vonage equipped over 200 calling centers in more than 35 new counties, with 911 calling 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.
"In just over a month, we have turned up E911 service in over 235 counties and 650 PSAPs across the nation," said Jeffrey A. Citron, Vonage's Chairman and CEO. "Vonage continues to work with the FCC, regulators, Congress and public safety to turn up a national E911 system across the nation."
"Vonage deployed E911 -- quickly and efficiently -- throughout the entire state of Delaware this past November well before the FCC deadline passed," said Terry M. Whitham, E911 State Administrator for Delaware. "The deployment was a success and recently tested with a 911 call from a Vonage VoIP customer. The 911 call included precise information about the customer's address and location and was quickly routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP)."
Since January 17th, Vonage has added more than 200 PSAPs in the following counties -- bringing the total number of calling centers with emergency 911 service to over 2,200.