VoIP 911 service has certain limitations and differences relative to the traditional 911 services available through past telephone services. Because the phone call is over the internet, the method in which your address is sent to the emergency dispatch works differently, and relies on the caller to be actively submitting accurate and current address information from the location their VoIP phone is located.
In order to correctly use VoIP 911 dialling service in cases of emergency, you must have authorized and given Storm Internet consent to forward your private user data to the appropriate emergency response dispatch. This also requires that you, the subscriber, keep accurate and up-to-date user data at all times. As a result, the 911 dialled call can be routed appropriately to dispatch, and will coincide with your current location. The 911 dialled calls will end up with a dispatcher who will be located at either the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) or will be routed to the local emergency service personnel center, which is selected based upon the address you listed at the time you subscribed and/or updated location information for your Storm Internet home phone service.
There are several circumstances we wish to inform you about in which VoIP 911 service would or would not be working. All VoIP calls depend on having an active internet connection, which includes VoIP 911 calls. Additionally your internet connection is dependent on the activity your internet service provides, which too can be effected by blackouts, environmental disruption and service-wide outages. These effects have the ability to reduce the VoIP 911 service to unavailable. Depending on your region and service, you may also experience low to high bandwidth fluctuations which can reduce the quality of your connection to the point where VoIP 911 services will not work. The VoIP 911 dialling service will not function in the event of hardware failing or not being configured correctly. Additionally, your Storm Internet home phone VoIP 911 service will not work in the event of a power outage, broadband service outage, or suspension or disconnection of your service because of billing issues. If there is a power outage, you may be required to reset or reconfigure the ATA device prior to being able to use the service, for mostly including 911 dialling purposes.
For technical reasons associated with the possibility of network congestion with the Storm Internet home phone service, there is a possibility that your 911 call will produce a busy signal or will take longer to answer, as compared to traditional 911 calls.
The Storm Internet home phone VoIP 911 dialling service will not function correctly if you move your equipment to a location other than the one that was provided to Storm Internet at the time you activated the service. In such event, in order to have 911 calling routed correctly, you must update your service address at www.storm.ca, at which time the VoIP 911 dialling ability will be correctly re-enabled.
The VoIP 911 service that is provided is a highly tested and efficient system and it has been implemented by service professionals over several years. The condition for having and benefitting from the VoIP 911 service is to keep accurate and up to date address information at all times. Giving your consent, your private information will then be provided to the emergency dispatch, where, should you ever have the need to dial 9-1-1, your call is routed via the internet to a specialized emergency dispatch where they will connect you and your user data to the appropriate regional emergency dispatch.
The most significant differences between VoIP 911 services and standard 911 services are that the actual calls are made using two distinctly different methods. VoIP 911 uses the internet as its data medium, while standard 911 uses traditional telephone lines. The two come together after your VoIP 911 call has been connected to the specialized emergency dispatch center where they will collect your user information and will forward both your call and private information to the appropriate emergency dispatch in your region. It is important to keep your information accurate and up to date.
Because there are differences between the two 911 services, it is important to prepare yourself as these differences could potentially cause a problem to your connection. The best and utmost important thing to know is always have a plan. Just like in examples of where you would not be able to reach your standard phone to call in an emergency, it is wise to plan accordingly for the VoIP phone. One method is to have a backup phone, which is reachable in case of an emergency; a cell phone, an available neighbour, landline or another VoIP phone access point. It is also important to stay calm, because of the potential that your information is not current or correctly entered the emergency dispatch personnel will ask you for your location and situation. This may at the time feel overwhelming, but remember to stay calm, others may be counting on you, and the emergency dispatch operator is there to help. It is also important to remember that in a service or power outages; you will be unable to use your VoIP phone, so remember your plan, and what you will be asked; where I am, who I am and what’s happening.
The PSAP (Public Service Answering Point) or local emergency service dispatcher receiving your 911 call through the service may not be able to capture and/or retain automatic number of location information. Meaning that the dispatcher may not know the phone number or the actual physical location of the person who is making the 911 call. Therefore, if you dial 911 using the 911 dialling service, you must immediately inform the dispatcher of your exact location (or the location of the emergency, if different). You must also ensure not to disconnect the line, as the dispatcher may not have a phone number to use to call you back. You must not hang up until you are told to do so by the dispatcher. If you are inadvertently disconnected you must call back immediately. If you are unable to speak and describe your location, the emergency dispatcher may not be able to locate you. If you dial 911 and hang up the receiver, your call will be disconnected.
In order to subscribe to the VoIP service, it is your obligation to inform all users or potential users of the VoIP 911 service including the nature and limitations which have been outlined. The reason is that someone without the knowledge of how to operate or be prepared to handle a VoIP 911 call may put not only yourself but everyone at risk. Therefore, you are obligated to make sure everyone who may come in contact with your VoIP subscription is educated about the VoIP 9-1-1 service.
If you have not agreed to submit and allow for the disclosure of your address information for emergency purposes, then you are agreeing and acknowledging that any of your VoIP 911 use is at your sole discretion. You acknowledge and understand that Storm Internet will not be liable for any service outage and/or inability to dial 911 using your service or to access emergency service personnel due to the 911 dialling characteristics and limitations listed herein. You also agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Storm Internet, its officers, directors, employees, affiliates, agents and any other service provider who furnishes services to you in connection with the service, from any and all claims, losses, damages, fines, penalties and costs (including solicitor’s fees) by, or on behalf of, you or any third party or user of the service relating to the failure or outage of the service, including those related to 911 dialling.
We take absolutely no responsibility should you or anyone with contact of the VoIP service or VoIP 911 calls become injured, damaged or perishes, to which you or anyone is reporting the damages to a third party. Storm Internet is absolved of any responsibility, should the VoIP service including the VoIP 911 service, be abused or mishandled under any circumstances. Additionally, Storm Internet will take no responsibility should any user data be incorrect and/or maliciously entered resulting in damages or injury including death.