Feeds

Skype makes empassioned 911 plea

Don't regulate us

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The anticipated "web affiliate program" which Skype announced today didn't generate the stir here in Stockholm. Instead, a passionate plea to regulatory authorities was made by Niklas Zennström, asking them to regulate the incumbent carriers, not the newcomers.

The spur for this clearly heart-felt call was the decision by the Norwegian regulator to insist that any Voice over IP providers in that country should provide standard emergency calls. Skype responded by disabling its links to the PSTN in Norway. That means, no SkypeOut and no SkypeIn services, pending resolution of the dispute.

The decision echoes the decision in America to force VoIP providers to offer standard "911 emergency" - 999 or 912 fire police and ambulance calling - within 120 days.

Zennström said: "Let’s make sure we know what we want from these emergency services. Don’t force legacy emergency calling onto innovative networks."

For example, he said, the emergency service should not force you to make a voice call. "When there is a burglar in my house, I don’t want to call the police; I want to email or IM them. The burglar may hear my voice!"

He concluded: "Let’s work with emergency centres and IETF and others, to come up with emergency services that match what people have. The solution is to provide an open interface to emergency centrals, to receive text, voice and video over IP; and also to build up national IP geographic mapping databases, managed by national authorities."

© NewsWireless.Net

Related stories

Cost of net phone calls may rise
Parents blame Vonage over girl s death
Vonage bows to 911 pressure

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.