The following are some frequently asked questions to help you better understand the available VoIP 911 on the Worldline Digital Home Phone service and your responsibilities in having it.
Do I get access to 911 services?
Yes as a Worldline Digital Home Phone user, you get access to VoIP 911 services, only if you have given consent to Worldline to forward your private user data to the emergency dispatch center, provided that data is accurate and correct, which will be certified by our Worldline Digital Home Phone support staff, once certified you will be able to successfully dial 911 and receive the emergency response services.
What is the difference between VoIP 911 and traditional 911?
The VoIP 911 service that Worldline Digital Home Phone provides has certain limitations relative to traditional 911 services that are available on most traditional telephone services, in that your client information is being sent over the internet rather then over a traditional phone line, meaning a different method is required to send this client information accurately.
What should I say to the operator or whoever picks up?
Be prepared to confirm your location and telephone number with the operator who answers the 911 call since the operator may not have this information. It is also recommended to keep in mind who your VoIP provider is because if necessary, the central call centers can contact them in severe emergency situations. It is also encouraged to not hang up until told to do so, and to call back if you get disconnected, as immediately as possible.
Is there ever a possibility my 911 service won't work?
VoIP 911 service may not be available during a power outage and will be unavailable during a broadband internet outage.
Why is it important to keep my 911 information up-to-date?
Keeping updated information is a way of ensuring that your location information is kept current with your VoIP service provider. Since the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 911 call, this information is used to accurately connect you to the appropriate emergency response center, and subsequently the appropriate emergency response.
How do I keep this information up-to-date?
As a Worldline Digital Home Phone user the information is easily changed by calling into the Worldline Digital Home Phone call center, and or changing and resubmitting the information online.
I'm still confused, what is e911?
E911 stands for Enhance 911. It is an enhanced version of the 911 emergency services, and is provided by the Worldline Digital Home Phone service. When you use this service, your personal information like name and address are automatically given to your local dispatch center or Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) over the internet.
The following are some User Tips which should help you along the way in your understanding of the Worldline Digital Home Phone VoIP 911 service.
- It is important to note that VoIP 911 service you have subscribed to has certain limitations relative to Enhanced 911 service that is available on most traditional telephone services.
- Be prepared to confirm your location and call-back number with the operator who answers the 911 call since the operator may not have this information easily available.
- Be aware that the VoIP 911 service may not be available during a power outage, environmental circumstances and will be unavailable during a broadband Internet outage.
- Make sure that your location information is kept current with your VoIP service provider since the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 911 call.
- Make sure not to hang up until told to do so, and to call back as soon as possible if you get disconnected.
- Lastly you need to ensure that you understand any 911 limitations of your VoIP service and that you make all other potential users of the service aware of these limitations.
1. 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.
2. In order to correctly use VoIP 911 dialing service in cases of emergency you must have authorized and given Worldline 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 dialed call can be routed appropriately to dispatch, and will coincide with your current location. The 911 dialed 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 for the Worldline home phone service.
3. 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, this 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 dialing service will not function in the event of hardware failing or not being configured correctly. Additionally your Worldline 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 prior to being able to use the service, for mostly including 911 dialing purposes.
4. For technical reasons associated with the possibility of network congestion with the Worldline Digital 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.
5. The Worldline home phone VoIP 911 dialing service will not function correctly if you move your equipment to a location other than the one that was provided to Worldline 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.worldline.ca, at which time the VoIP 911 dialing ability will be correctly re-enabled.
6. 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 time. Giving your consent, your private information will then be provided to the emergency dispatch, where, should you ever 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.
7. 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.
8. 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 neighbor, 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.
9. 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 dialing 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.
10. 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.
11. 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 Worldline 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 dialing characteristics and limitations listed herein. You also agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Worldline, 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 dialing.
12. 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. Worldline is absolved of any responsibility should the VoIP service including the VoIP 911 service is abused or mishandled under any circumstances. Additionally Worldline will take no responsibility should any user data be incorrect and/or maliciously entered resulting in damages or injury including death.