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U S WEST TO OFFER NEW NETWORK INTERFACE FOR 911 SERVICE

 U S WEST TO OFFER NEW NETWORK INTERFACE FOR 911 SERVICE
 SEATTLE, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U S WEST Communications announced


today that it intends to develop and offer a 911 network interface which will allow automatic number identification for telephones served by Private Branch Exchanges (PBX). Automatic number identification is important to obtaining the caller's correct location from the 911 data base, and for routing a 911 call to the appropriate emergency response agency. U S WEST plans to make the new service available to owners of PBXs during 1992.
 "In the past, because of technology, a Private Branch Exchange ould not identify and forward the telephone number of individual PBX callers to the 911 network," said Lisa Bowersock, spokesperson for U S WEST in Washington. "Since the PBX identified the service at the PBX location only, it was that address, not the address of the telephone itself, which would appear on the 911's operator's screen."
 This situation has been of great concern to U S WEST, as well as Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) and many county governments throughout the state.
 The new U S WEST interface will allow PBXs, which have the ability to provide Automatic Number Identification (ANI), to communicate directly with the 911 network, which in turn, will mean that more accurate location information will be passed to the emergency services operator. Owners of older PBXs, which do not have ANI capability, will need to determine if their equipment can be modified to take advantage of the network interface. This modification will most likely come in the form of a new PBX interface which is commonly referred to as a "black box." PBX owners will be responsible for purchasing, installing and maintaining the boxes.
 "This technology is relatively new," Bowersock said, "and it will allow PBXs to communicate with the telephone network in a way that we have never allowed an external piece of equipment to do before. We will spend the next several months developing network interface standards, so that such devices may be plugged directly into the network without diminishing the performance of the 911 system or the public network."
 The service will be offered and priced on an individual basis, depending on the distance of the PBX location from the 911 system, and the size of the PBX system. Initially the service will be structured on a contract basis. Each contract will require the approval of the WUTC. Once a tariff has been submitted and approved by the WUTC, it will become a tariffed service in Washington state.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Bowersock of U S WEST Communications, 206-345-6885/
 (USW) CO: U S WEST Communications ST: Washington IN: TLS SU: PDT LM-JH -- SE009 -- 1779 11/06/91 13:49 EST
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