VOIP CONNECTIONS Provides 911

Because Your Safety Is Important

911 & SERVICE LIMITATIONS. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that VOIP CONNECTIONS provide E911 Service to all End Users who use VOIP CONNECTIONS services within the United States. Sections 1 – 7 apply to all End Users who use VOIP CONNECTIONS services within the United States. Section 8 applies to all End Users.

  1. 911 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND WARNING LABELS. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT VOIP CONNECTIONS’S EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES DO NOT SUPPORT 911 EMERGENCY DIALING OR OTHER EMERGENCY FUNCTIONS IN THE SAME WAY THAT TRADITIONAL WIRELINE 911 SERVICES WORK. THE DIFFERENCES ARE DETAILED IN THIS SECTION 3 AND END USER AGREES TO NOTIFY ANY POTENTIAL USER OF THE SERVICES, WHO MAY PLACE CALLS USING END USER’S SERVICES, OF THE 911 LIMITATIONS DESCRIBED HEREIN. VOIP CONNECTIONS WILL PROVIDE END USER WITH WARNING LABELS REGARDING THE LIMITATIONS OR UNAVAILABILITY OF 911 EMERGENCY DIALING. END USER AGREES TO PLACE A LABEL ON AND/OR NEAR EACH TELEPHONE OR OTHER CUSTOMER PREMISE EQUIPMENT ON WHICH THE SERVICES MAY BE UTILIZED. IF ADDITIONAL LABELS ARE REQUIRED, END USER MAY REQUEST THEM FROM VOIP CONNECTIONS. VOIP CONNECTIONS WILL PROVIDE END USER WITH ADVISORY NOTICES REGARDING 911 EMERGENCY DIALING AND REQUEST ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FROM END USER. END USER AGREES TO RESPOND AND AFFIRMATIVELY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT VOIP CONNECTIONS HAS ADVISED END USER OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE OR MAY BE LIMITED IN COMPARISON TO TRADITIONAL 911 EMERGENCY DIALING. VOIP CONNECTIONS ADVISES END USER TO MAINTAIN AN ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF ACCESSING TRADITIONAL 911 SERVICES.

     

  2. ELECTRICAL POWER. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SERVICES WILL NOT FUNCTION IN THE ABSENCE OF ELECTRICAL POWER.

     

  3. INTERNET ACCESS. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SERVICES WILL NOT FUNCTION IF THERE IS AN INTERRUPTION OF END USER’S BROADBAND OR HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE.

     

  4. NON-VOICE SYSTEMS. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SERVICES ARE NOT SET UP TO FUNCTION WITH OUTDIALING SYSTEMS INCLUDING HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS, MEDICAL MONITORING EQUIPMENT, TTY EQUIPMENT, AND ENTERTAINMENT OR SATELLITE TELEVISION SYSTEMS. END USER HAS NO CLAIM AGAINST VOIP CONNECTIONS FOR INTERRUPTION OR DISRUPTION OF SUCH SYSTEMS BY THE SERVICES.

     

  5. VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE IS A MANDATORY COMPONENT OF ALL INBOUND/OUTBOUND FAX AND VOICE SERVICE PLANS. E911 SERVICE IS NOT OFFERED ON VIRTUAL NUMBERS, TOLL-FREE NUMBERS OR SIMILAR SERVICE ACCESSORIES OR ADD-ON PLANS. E911 SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN SELECTED AREAS. END USERS WHO SUBSCRIBE TO VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE WILL BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THEIR EQUIPMENT (DTA OR VIDEOPHONE) WITH VOIP CONNECTIONS, EITHER ON THE VOIP-CONNECTIONS.COM WEBSITE OR BY CALLING CUSTOMER SERVICE, AND AGREE TO UPDATE THE LOCATION WHENEVER THE PHYSICAL LOCATION OF SERVICE CHANGES. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT VOIP CONNECTIONS’S ONLY MECHANISM FOR ROUTING 911 CALLS TO THE CORRECT EMERGENCY CALL TAKER IS THE PHYSICAL LOCATION CURRENTLY REGISTERED FOR THE ACCOUNT. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT ANY ENHANCED LOCATION INFORMATION PASSED TO AN EMERGENCY OPERATOR BY VOIP CONNECTIONS WILL BE BASED UPON THE PHYSICAL LOCATION PROVIDED TO VOIP CONNECTIONS BY END USER. IN THE EVENT THAT THE PHYSICAL LOCATION HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED OR IS NOT COMPLETE, VOIP CONNECTIONS MAY ATTEMPT TO ROUTE A 911 CALL BASED UPON THE BILL-TO OR SHIP-TO ADDRESSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE END USER’S ACCOUNT OR INITIAL ORDER.

     

  6. END USERS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO SUBSCRIBE TO VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE WILL BE SUBJECT TO A MONTHLY E911 SERVICE CHARGE. THE MONTHLY E911 SERVICE FEE SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THE APPLICABLE RESIDENTIAL OR BUSINESS PLAN CHARGES FOR THE ASSOCIATED LINE. THE MONTHLY CHARGE FOR VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE IS ASSESSED ON A “PER-LINE” (THAT IS, PER PHONE NUMBER BASIS), AND WILL BE SET AT A LEVEL THAT REIMBURSES VOIP CONNECTIONS FOR THE DIRECT COSTS IT INCURS IN PROVIDING VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE, INCLUDING EXPENSES VOIP CONNECTIONS INCURS, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE FORM OF STATE, COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL E911 SURCHARGES, E911 AUTOMATIC LOCATION INFORMATION (ALI) DATABASE STORAGE, LINE INFORMATION DATABASE AND CALLER ID (LIDB/CNAM) EXPENSES, AND ANY OTHER TAXES OR SURCHARGES DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO END USERS SUBSCRIBING TO THIS SERVICE. VOIP CONNECTIONS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADJUST THE LEVEL OF CHARGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROVISION OF E911 SERVICES TO REFLECT INCREASES OR DECREASES IN THE COSTS IT INCURS. (SEE SECTION 12 REGARDING CHANGES TO THE AGREEMENT, SERVICES OR PLAN).

     

  7. END USER ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES THAT VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE HAS CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS THAT DISTINGUISH IT FROM TRADITIONAL, LEGACY, CIRCUIT-SWITCHED 911 SERVICE. THESE CHARACTERISTICS MAY MAKE VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICES UNSUITABLE FOR SOME END USERS. BECAUSE END USER CIRCUMSTANCES VARY WIDELY, END USERS SHOULD CAREFULLY EVALUATE THEIR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN DECIDING WHETHER TO RELY SOLELY UPON VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE. END USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT IS END USER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE THE TECHNOLOGY OR COMBINATION OF TECHNOLOGIES BEST SUITED TO MEET END USER’S EMERGENCY CALLING NEEDS, AND TO MAKE THE NECESSARY PROVISIONS FOR ACCESS TO EMERGENCY CALLING SERVICES (SUCH AS MAINTAINING A CONVENTIONAL LANDLINE PHONE OR WIRELESS PHONE AS A BACKUP MEANS OF COMPLETING EMERGENCY CALLS). THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS DISTINGUISH VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE FROM TRADITIONAL, LEGACY, CIRCUIT-SWITCHED 911 SERVICE:

     

** VOIP CONNECTIONS E911 SERVICE WILL NOT FUNCTION IF END USER’S DTA, PHONE OR VIDEOPHONE FAILS OR IS NOT CONFIGURED CORRECTLY OR IF END USER’S VOIP CONNECTIONS SERVICE IS NOT FUNCTIONING FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ELECTRICAL POWER OUTAGE, BROADBAND SERVICE OUTAGE, OR SUSPENSION OR DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE BECAUSE OF BILLING OR OTHER ISSUES. IF THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE, END USER MAY BE REQUIRED TO RESET OR RECONFIGURE THE EQUIPMENT BEFORE BEING ABLE TO USE THE VOIP CONNECTIONS SERVICE, INCLUDING FOR E911 PURPOSES.