[Asterisk-biz] carrier class names

Ted Wallingford bitterted at mac.com
Tue Nov 23 19:12:56 MST 2004

I think Jason is on to the same concept I am. But there's no reason an 
CLEC can't  provide E-911 service as long as it pays for the dispatch 
connectivity through the ILEC's facilities. But, aside from the 
disinction of one being an ILEC and one being a CLEC, VoIP carriers may 
opt not to provide E-911 service at all... They are still ILECs, right? 
I'm trying to find out if there's a name for those that don't provide 
the service. And not "ones that suck".


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On Nov 23, 2004, at 8:31 PM, alex at pilosoft.com wrote:

> On Tue, 23 Nov 2004, Jason Becker wrote:
>>>> Perhaps you're after the terms ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange 
>>>> Carrier)
>>>> and CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier)?
>>> Too bad that every ILEC and [I hope] every CLEC provides 911 service.
>> It is my understanding that ILECs provide the 911 platform that CLECs
>> tie into. I don't understand your reply, can you elaborate (without
>> being a smart ass, try really really hard).
> I'll try harder.
> ILECs do not provide the 911 platform. Your local answering point
> (housing people who actually answer 911 calls), also called PSAP 
> (public
> safety answering point) is ran by the municipality (or a group of
> municipalities), *not* an ILEC. All ILEC and CLEC customers have to pay
> [locally?] mandated 911 surcharge that funds PSAP operations.
> When call comes in to PSAP, they do a lookup to translate phone line
> into address. That database is maintained by Intrado for most [all?] of
> the US.
> ILECs connect PSAPs to the PSTN through the tandem. Sometimes, that 
> tandem
> is dedicated to serving that PSAP. Nevertheless, you *can* connect to 
> yourself if you negotiate with each PSAP [that is rarely done]. ILECs
> provide PSAP connectivity as a product.
> -alex
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