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Re: How relable does the Internet need to be? (Was: Re: Converged Network Threat)
In article <[email protected]>, "Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr." <[email protected]> writes
This is an interesting issue, and one which is currently being debated in the UK (where a newly reformed regulator is taking a fresh look at VoIP). Most end users that I've discussed it with (geeks to a man) say it's not society's problem if they (the geeks) choose to limit their availability of emergency assistance, when buying a new toy like VoIP (and throwing away their POTS). I'm not sure that I entirely agree. Less well informed users probably need someone making that decision for them. (Just call me "Nanny".)I think we will need also to make it illegal (to control the liability issues) to need emergency assistance in a place whose only link is via "public-IP".
 Should VoIP include 911/999 service, and how does one resolve the various geographic location issues associated with this.
 By, for example, having no 911/999 service available *at all* from their chosen provider, and relying on a mobile phone or a neighbour with POTS.