Industry urges member-rep contact

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, September 1, 2006

VIENNA, Va.-- The Central Station Alarm Association still urges the industry to contact senators this month to support the Senate Communications Consumer's Choice, especially the VoIP Equipment instructions provision, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006.
Although industry members secured the inclusion of the Alarm VoIP Consumer Notification provision in both the House and Senate telecommunications bills this summer, the industry remains concerned that both the House and Senate bills as drafted do not meet the industry's needs when finding a solution with the advent of VoIP. For the industry, it is critical to require documentation that says what the consumers need to do to ensure that his/her alarm system continues to work.
The bill must still be acted upon by the full Senate and then go to a House-Senate conference to resolve the provisions.
Secondly, the industry continues to seek alarm monitoring license reciprocity legislation, which would keep costs and thus prices down through enhanced competition, and to reduce the administrative burden of repeated testing and finger printing.