Zoom Phone 911 Customer Notification
Effective January, 2023
This notification provides important information about the ability to connect to 911 emergency calling services using Zoom Phone Service. Please read it carefully.
Zoom Phone 911 Service: Zoom Phone 911 Service operates differently than traditional 911 service. The FCC requires us to advise our customers of the circumstances under which 911 may not be available or may be in some way limited by comparison to traditional 911 service. Such circumstances include:
(1) Internet Connection Failure. If the Internet connection over which Zoom Phone Service is provided is interrupted, you will not have access to Zoom Phone Service, including 911 service, during that interruption.
(2) Network Configuration. If your company’s network configuration does not permit Zoom Phone Service to connect, you will not have access to Zoom Phone Service and therefore will not have access to 911 service.
(3) Service Relocation and Non-Native Telephone Numbers. Traditional 911 service automatically sends 911 calls to the appropriate local emergency responder, or Public Safety Answering Point (“PSAP”), based on the user’s telephone number. Traditional Enhanced 911 service (also known as E911) automatically sends 911 calls to the appropriate PSAP along with the user’s address and telephone number. Because Zoom Phone Service permits customers (and customers’ users) to use Zoom Phone Service anywhere they have broadband Internet access, and to obtain numbers that may not correspond with their current location, Zoom Phone 911 Service functions differently than traditional 911 service in certain respects.
Because a user’s telephone number does not necessarily correspond with the user’s physical location, customers must provide Zoom Voice Communications, Inc. (“Zoom Voice”) with their users’ Registered Locations when setting up service. The Registered Location is generally the street address of a user’s primary work station. Zoom Voice will, when appropriate, automatically transmit a user’s Registered Location to the PSAP.
If a user attempts to use Zoom Phone Service from a different location, i.e., not their primary work station, they will be prompted to update their Registered Location. If the user does not update their Registered Location and then uses Zoom Phone Service to call 911, Zoom Voice will attempt to determine the caller’s location by using the customer’s network data (BSSIDs, more commonly known as “wireless access point” IDs, and Public/Private IP Addresses) to map their physical location. If it is not feasible for Zoom Voice to determine a 911 caller’s current location, or nomadic features are not properly configured, the 911 call may not be routed to the appropriate PSAP for the user’s current location. Where no address is detected, a 911 call will be routed to a 24/7 emergency call center where trained agents will ask for the name, location, and telephone number of the person calling 911 and will contact the appropriate PSAP to send help. The call center will not automatically receive the user’s address and telephone number.
Once a user notifies Zoom Voice of a change in the Registered Location, there may be a delay in making the new Registered Location available to properly route 911 calls and advise PSAPs of the user’s Registered Location.
(4) Loss of Electrical Power. Unless there is a backup system to power the Internet connection and any equipment used to access Zoom Phone Service, phone service and 911 service will not be available during any power outage.
(5) Outbound-Only Extensions. Your company may choose to enable certain extensions for outbound-only calling. By definition, outbound-only extensions will not be assigned a telephone number to receive inbound calls. To enable outbound-only extensions to be used to call 911, the customer’s account administrator must select the appropriate settings. Depending on the settings selected, the call may be routed using the customer’s main address and the emergency call response center will receive this address and the customer’s Zoom-assigned telephone number as the call back number.
Customer account administrators must confirm that they have read and understood this notice before enrolling users on Zoom Phone Service. Customers are responsible for ensuring that the Registered Location is kept updated for their users and for complying with all requirements of the 911 notice.
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