may be barred from adding customers
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Vonage Holdings Corp., the country's largest Internet phone
company, missed Monday's deadline for providing emergency
911 services and could be banned from signing up new
customers in Colorado and nationwide.
It was unclear Tuesday if any other large voice over
Internet protocol, or VoIP, providers serving Colorado
missed the deadline.
Qwest Communications and Comcast Corp. said they are
emergency 911 compliant with their Internet telephony
Vonage spokeswoman Brooke Schulz said the company has
requested an extension from the Federal Communications
Commission, but it's unclear whether the regulatory agency
will grant it despite urging from some lawmakers.
The FCC already had given Vonage and other Internet phone
service providers 120 days to comply with its order.
The FCC requirement also would bar Vonage from marketing to
new customers. Vonage has more than 400,000 customers
nationwide, but Schulz said she didn't know how many
customers are in Colorado.