Tuesday, November 13, 2007

U.S. House Passes 911 Modernization and Public Safety Act of 2007

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "911 Modernization and Safety Act of 2007" (H.R. 3403), which will impose on IP-enabled voice service providers engaged in interstate communication a requirement to provide 911 service, including E-911 (enhanced 911) service, to subscribers.

The bill would also authorize a telecommunications carrier to use, disclose, or permit access to call location information in emergencies. Requires IP-enabled voice service providers to provide subscriber list information to emergency service providers. In addition, it prohibits telecommunications carriers and IP-enabled voice service providers that provide emergency communications services from using information in or from automatic location information databases and master street address guides for any purpose other than providing emergency services.