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Law Enforcement Feasts on Cellphone Data

A congressional inquiry conducted at the behest of Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., found that law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million requests to cellphone carriers in 2011. They sought such information as individuals' text messages, their locations, and even lists of phone numbers they called when i...

VoIP and 911: Emergencies Lost in the Fog

It's now a well-known fact that on the Internet, no one knows you're a dog, but when it comes to Internet telephony, the bigger concern is that no one might know where you are either. Dial 911 for emergency assistance, and you could be out of luck, as some well-publicized lawsuits have shown. Voice ...

VoIP Providers Tackle E911 Issues

While technology news buzzes around Vonage's recent IPO and Skype making major moves into the enterprise, there is a nagging issue all Voice over Internet Protocol players face: 911 response. Few can deny the cost saving benefits of Internet telephone services, but the chief concern is emergency sit...

FCC Requires VoIP Phone Service To Include E911

In a move that could at once spur the emergence of a fast-rising technology and possibly give an upper hand to traditional telecommunications companies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to require most providers of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service to offer enhanced ...

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