Last week, the FCC stepped up to regulate VoIP, especially in the case of emergency systems. While VoIP providers may not like the new requirements, the FCC is slowly integrating VoIP as an official telecommunication medium. Not to mention, consumers need the protection and access to good emergency systems "in times of crisis."
The Federal Communications Commission has decided to require all interconnected VoIP service providers to report network outages in much the way landline and cell phone service providers must follow.
The goal of today's ruling is to build a more reliable 911 emergency call-in system and to make all of the U.S. communication infrastructure readily available in times of crisis.
Full article at CNET
FCC Press Release