If there was an emergency and you needed to contact help really fast, you wouldn’t want to be without 911. Well, until recently there wasn’t widespread adaptation of 911 calls in the Internet phone industry. Until recently, the Internet phone companies weren’t required to have a practical 911 solution.
Today there is E911. The FCC has required all Internet phone companies to have E911. E911 means enhanced 911. This E911 makes it easier for the 911 dispatcher to get your address. If you were to make a call to 911 on your Internet phone, you would get redirected to your local 911 dispatcher automatically. The operator would then receive your address without you having to tell them. This is a great help in an emergency.
All Internet phone companies should have E911. If you come across one that doesn’t have E911 or at least some form of local 911 redirection, you might want to switch companies.