VoIP services allow you to make or receive telephone calls over the Internet to or from the public switched telephone network. The nature of VoIP telephone calls, while appearing similar to traditional telephone calling services, create unique limitations and circumstances.
9-1-1 service: Because of the unique nature of VoIP telephone calls, emergency calls to 9-1-1 through your VoIP service will be handled differently than traditional phone service. The following provisions describe the differences and limitations of 9-1-1 emergency calls.
Placing 9-1-1 calls: When you make a 9-1-1 emergency call, the VoIP service will attempt to automatically route your 9-1-1 call through a third-party service provider to the Public Safety Answering Point (“PSAP”) corresponding to your address of record on your account. However, due to the limitations of the VoIP telephone services, your 9-1-1 call may be routed to a different location than that which would be used for traditional 9-1-1 dialling. For example, your call may be forwarded to a third-party specialized call centre that handles emergency calls. This call centre is different from the PSAP that would answer a traditional 9-1-1 call which has automatically generated your address information, and consequently, you may be required to provide your name, address, and telephone number to the call centre.
How your information is provided: The VoIP service will attempt to automatically provide the PSAP dispatcher or emergency service operator with the name, address and telephone number associated with your account. However, for technical reasons, the dispatcher receiving the call may not be able to capture or retain your name, phone number or physical location. Therefore, when making a 9-1-1 emergency call, you must immediately inform the dispatcher of your location (or the location of the emergency, if different). If you are unable to speak, the dispatcher may not be able to locate you if your location information is not up to date.
Correctness of information: You are responsible for providing, maintaining, and updating correct contact information (including name, residential address and telephone number) with your account. If you do not correctly identify the actual location where you are located, or if your account information has recently changed or has otherwise not been updated, 9-1-1 calls may be misdirected to an incorrect emergency response site.
Disconnections: You must not disconnect the 9-1-1 emergency call until told to do so by the dispatcher, as the dispatcher may not have your number or contact information. If you are inadvertently disconnected, you must call back immediately.
9-1-1 calls may not function: For technical reasons, the functionality of 9-1-1 VoIP emergency calls may cease or be curtailed in various circumstances, including but not limited to:
Loss of Electric Service. A loss of electric service at a Site will interrupt EV.
Loss of Broadband Service. Service will be interrupted if the attendant broadband connection at a Site is not available.
Failure of Equipment. The malfunction or failure of equipment, software or hardware necessary for end-to-end Internet functionality (e.g., routers, IP phones, analog gateways, etc.) can limit access to E-911.
Non-Native Telephone Number. If an end user uses a non-native telephone number (i.e., a telephone number from a local exchange area different from where the caller is located), emergency calling services access may be limited.
Failure of Fourteen IP Hosting Environment.
Nomadic Use Not Permitted. To enable E911 and PS/ALI integrity, all Guest Room phones and Administrative Phones must remain in the location where installed; under no circumstance shall any Guest Room phone or Administrative Phone be used in a “mobile” or “nomadic” manner. Customers must contact Fourteen IP via the helpdesk or the applicable Portal if it wishes to move a Guest Room phone or Administrative Phone from one location to another location.
End-User Notice. Our customers are solely responsible for any third-party claims and liability arising from their failure to notify its end-users that E911 service may be limited or not available.