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Re: How relable does the Internet need to be? (Was: Re: Converged Network Threat)

  • From: Roland Perry
  • Date: Thu Feb 26 12:35:42 2004

In article <[email protected]>, "Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr." <[email protected]> writes
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".
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)[1]. 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[2], 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".)

[1] Should VoIP include 911/999 service, and how does one resolve the various geographic location issues associated with this.

[2] 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.
Roland Perry