[Talk-us] Free emergency calls from payphones (was [Tagging] emergency=*)
Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.Net
Tue Aug 10 21:53:15 BST 2010
At 2010-08-09 11:59, Paul Johnson wrote:
>On Mon, 09 Aug 2010 11:31:33 +0100, Dave F. wrote:
> > On 08/08/2010 20:07, Paul Johnson wrote:
> >> Emergency phones would be handy, since it's increasingly common in the
> >> US for public pay telephones to disallow... 911 (emergency services).
> > If true, I'm surprised. Which companies are doing this?
>Pacific Northwest Phones (PNWP), TriMet Transit's privately owned
>payphones (truly stupid given that emergency information inside transit
>vehicles advertise 911 as a free call), Qwest, Verizon...really, who
>isn't doing it at this point?
A quick search found this
. VZ won the appeal in this decision for another reason, but it's clearly a
legal requirement to provide 911 service in the state of NY:
"In the early 1980s, certain pay phone service providers, known as Customer
Owned Currency Operated Telephones (COCOT), sometimes programmed their
phones to block coinless 911 calls. This prompted the State Legislature in
1990 to enact section 92-c(7) of the Public Service Law, which provides
that "No . COCOT service provider shall restrict access . to any emergency
telephone number, including, where available, 911.""
In another doc, this time an appeal by Qwest in the state of WA, I find:
"WAC 480-120-263 became effective on July 1, 2003. It contains
requirements for Pay phones Service Providers (PSP) who own or operate or
provide pay phones services in Washington. As adopted, WAC 480-120-263
subsections (3) and (5) read, in pertinent part, as follows:
(3) Access. At no charge to the calling party, pay phones must provide
(a) Dial tone;
(b) Emergency services by dialing 911 without the use of a coin or entering
, Cal. Pub. Util. 742(a)(2) says:
"(2) A requirement that every telephone permit a caller to be
connected with the operator personnel of any telephone corporation
authorized by the commission to operate within a service area by
dialing the numeral "0" and with the emergency services switchboard
reached by dialing the numerals "911" without insertion of any coin."
Further searching shows similar provisions in other states, with some
obvious exceptions, like prisons, mental hospitals, etc.
Alan Mintz <Alan_Mintz+OSM at Earthlink.net>
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