On August 6th, 2015, the FCC released FCC 15-98, PS Docket No. 14-174 which states:
“Under the new rules, providers of modern home voice services (that is, facilities-based, fixed, voice residential service that is not line-powered) will be required to ensure that a technical solution for eight hours of standby backup power is available for consumers to purchase at the point of sale. Within three years, these providers will also be required to offer an option for 24 hours of standby backup power. The decision to purchase backup power will be up to consumers – they will not be forced to purchase or pay for equipment they do not want.”
This rule applies to VOIP (voice over internet protocol) phone service providers like Vonage, Verizon VOIP Fiber, Time Warner VOIP, and many others. Some have used small computer UPS systems (uninterruptible power supplies) to provide a couple minutes to an hour or so of backup power, but there haven’t been many ways to achieve the 24 hour or even the 8 hour requirement until now.
Battery Backup Power, Inc. offers a 12 hour lead acid rack mount uninterruptible power supply with 2 external battery cabinets that exceeds the 8 hour backup time requirement and is immediately available for purchase in the United States (based on 50 watt load). The system is plug and play meaning you can plug it into a wall socket and plug your router, modem, VOIP box (ATA) or phones right into the back of it. When the power goes out, there is no disruption to the attached electronics which will continue to run on battery power.
1,000 VA (1 kVA) / 700 Watt (0.7 kW) Rack Mount Double Conversion Battery Backup Power Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) With 2 External Battery Cabinets
Battery Backup Power, Inc. is also working on developing a lithium solution for the 8 hour and 24 hour requirement with an undisclosed partner. The lithium prototypes are projected to be completed and begin testing in early January 2016.
Due to the cost of the units, service providers are expected to offer the emergency backup power options to customers based on a monthly payment of $20 to $30 over a 36 month contract. For more information, please contact Battery Backup Power, Inc. at (855) 330-7799 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCC ADOPTS RULES TO HELP AMERCIANS COMMUNICATE DURING EMERGENCIES: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-334755A1.pdf
Ensuring Continuity of 911 Communications: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-15-98A1.pdf