Jeff Pulver raised some poignant issues around the need for Emergency Services for VoIP, and helps focus attention on the need for regulators to see VoIP as a vital component of our overall communications fabric.
With wireline and wireless circuits overloading during disasters, VoIP has stepped in beautifully, and been a real godsend for people in dire need to stay in touch. Of course, VoIP is much more than a disaster backup service, and we really need the regulators to see it this way. It really just puts the onus on the IP communications industry to develop a native solution for IP emergency services, and to become properly understood by the regulators. Jeff's posting provides a link to some insightful ideas from Tom Evslin about this - worth reading.