Comcast Fiber to the Node

Michael Torrie torriem at
Mon Mar 8 17:06:50 MST 2010

Doran L. Barton wrote:
> You know... when Qwest "dies" and we're left with Comcast for suckers who 
> think Comcast's phone service is a landline (it's not. It's VOIP), well, I 
> don't really think it'll be a problem. 
> I don't think Qwest is gonna die anytime soon specifically for that reason. For 
> instance, no VOIP service can deliver 911 service as effectively as a real POTS 
> landline. Not yet, anyway. That's something to consider if you're thinking 
> about switching away from Qwest telephone service to VOIP or just cell phones.  
> It can literally add minutes to the time until an ambulance or EMT arrives at 
> your location.

One of my VoIP providers has you register a physical address with your
phone number which should make response to 911 calls about the same as
normal land lines.

As for cell phones go, don't the phone companies send position info to
the 911 centers?

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