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The FCC and E-911--A High Stakes Game of Chicken

Vonage and VoicePulse are thumbing their noses at the FCC in complete defiance of the order. To date Vonage has not met a reasonable level of compliance and continues to sell service even where it can't provision E911. VoicePulse has lightly engaged in double-speak by saying it plans on complying, but it hasn't yet and won't until the FCC clarifies a solution. Huh?

On the other hand, it's clear that established industry players like Comcast, Cablevision, AT&T, MCI and Verizon are all working hard to comply and will no longer accept customers that it can't "protect" with E911 capabilities.

Now it's up to the FCC. Are they a paper tiger, or a guiding light? Clearly the industry can't operate under different rules for different players.

On this subject I've asked the new GM of Skype in the USA Henry Gomez to talk about the regulatory outlook when he's back from his London travels next week. While the VoIP 1.0 guys are all under the noses of the FCC the VoIP 2.0 guys are left in limbo. While the old guard wants on set of rules for all, I'm wondering if there's another set of cards that are going to be dealt for the 2.0 folks, not only for those in the PSTN replacement world.