DISTRIBUTEL 9-1-1 AUTHORIZATION

Thank you for being a Distributel Digital Home Phone customer. We trust you are enjoying the quality and dependability of this service.

Below you will find User Tips and Terms and Conditions to further help you understand Distributel’s 9-1-1 emergency service.

Once you have reviewed the information, please enter your first name, last name and your Distributel account number in the fields provided below. Completing this form is important to ensure that 911 emergency services will be dispatched in an emergency to the correct address.

By clicking submit, you confirm that you understand the Terms and Conditions of Distributel’s 9-1-1 Emergency Services and the limitations of Distributel’s 9-1-1 service.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1-877-810-2877 or visit www.distributel.ca.




USER TIPS CONCERNING DISTRIBUTEL 9-1-1 SERVICE

  • The 9-1-1 service will not work during an electrical power outage, nor will it work if your high-speed Internet service is not functioning. Be sure to use a cell phone in the event of a power or Internet service outage.
  • When you use the 9-1-1 service in an emergency, you will need to confirm your name, location and call back number with the emergency services operator. Do not hang up until you are told do so. If you hang up or get disconnected, you will need to call back to re-establish your connection with emergency services.
  • You will need to keep your location information current with Distributel since the emergency services operator will automatically use the account address on file to dispatch emergency services in the event you cannot speak during a 9-1-1 call or are unable to provide your location. Keep your 911 Address up to date at www.distributel.ca/myaccount or by calling a customer service specialist.
  • There may be an additional delay to transfer your emergency service call to areas not served by traditional 9-1-1.
  • If you dial 9-1-1 when you are outside of Canada or the United States, the emergency services operator will advise you to hang up and find a local phone line and dial the appropriate emergency services number (note that it may not be 9-1-1).
  • Please be sure to notify any users or potential users of your Distributel Digital Home Phone service about the limitations of the 9-1-1 service.
  • Provide address and telephone number information on or immediately next to all telephone sets attached to your Distributel Digital Home Phone Service. This way, all potential users can properly provide the emergency services operator with the appropriate information in an emergency.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMERGENCY SERVICES 9-1-1

The 9-1-1 emergency service provided with your Distributel Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Home Phone service differs in a number of important ways from Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) dialing available with most traditional telephone services and has specific limitations related to E9-1-1. By activating your Home Phone service and your continued use of that service, you acknowledge that you understand and expressly agree to these 9-1-1 service terms, conditions and limitations.

  1. Limitations of VoIP 9-1-1 Service.

    When a Distributel VoIP 9-1-1 user dials 9-1-1, the user’s call is routed to an emergency services call centre, which is different from the public safety answering point that would answer a 9-1-1 call from a traditional telephone service. The user must be prepared to provide their name, telephone number, location, or if different, the location of the emergency, and information about the emergency at all times during the emergency call. The emergency service call centre operator will confirm whether the user is still located at the address the Customer has registered with Distributel, and if not, will ask for the user’s physical location. The operator will also ask for information about the user’s emergency, determine the appropriate emergency response agency to respond, and then transfer the caller to that agency. There may be an additional delay to transfer the user’s emergency service call to areas not served by traditional 9-1-1. When the user dials 9-1-1, they are not to hang up unless told to do so by the operator or the emergency service attendant. If the call is disconnected prematurely the user will need to call back immediately to re-establish a connection with the emergency services.

  2. You are responsible for keeping your contact information, including your name and service address, current at all times.

    In the event the user is unable to speak during a 9-1-1 call, the emergency services call centre operator will automatically dispatch emergency services to the address that you have registered with Distributel. If the service address that you have registered with Distributel is not correct, or if the information has recently changed or has otherwise not been updated, the emergency call may be transferred to the incorrect emergency response agency or emergency services may dispatched to the incorrect address. If the user dials 9-1-1 when they are outside of Canada or the United States, the emergency services operator will advise them to hang up and find a local telephone line and dial the appropriate emergency services (which may not be 9-1-1).

  3. Informing others of VoIP 9-1-1 Service Limitations. You are also responsible for informing others who may use your Services of the limitations of Distributel’s VoIP 9-1-1 service as compared with traditional 9-1-1 service, as set out above.

    If a user is not comfortable with the limitations of Distributel’s VoIP 9-1-1 service, you should arrange an alternate means of accessing traditional 9-1-1 services.

  4. Power or Broadband Outage. The functionality of VoIP 9-1-1 may cease or be curtailed as a result of, but not limited to, power disruptions, outages or congestion on your Internet Service Provider’s network, Service outages, and Service suspensions or disconnections.

    A power failure, disruption of Service, or disruption of the Customer’s Internet service may require the Customer to reset or reconfigure equipment prior to using the 9-1-1 service. You acknowledge that the service may not function in the event of an outage, malfunction or any other unavailability of your Service or Internet connection or related equipment, including without limitation, from improper modification or any tampering with your computer or related software or hardware.

  5. Activation and Nature of 9-1-1 Service.

    Distributel’s 9-1-1 service is available upon Service activation. Applicable 9-1-1 fees are charged as of the service activation date; the Customer will continue to be billed for the service until the Customer or Distributel terminate the service in accordance with the Contract between you and Distributel.

  6. Limitation of Liability and Indemnification Pertaining to 9-1-1 Service.

    You acknowledge and agree that Distributel will not be liable for any delay or failure to provide 9-1-1 service, at any time or from time to time that arises from circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Distributel. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Distributel, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, legal representatives and any other service providers who offer services to you or Distributel in relation to your Contract or the Services from any and all claims, losses, damages, fines, penalties, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, legal fees and expenses) by, or on behalf of, you, any third party or user of your Services relating to the absence, failure or outage of the Service, including 9-1-1 dialling and/or inability of you or any third party or user of your service to be able to dial 9-1-1 or to have access to emergency service personnel, as well as any misroutes of 9-1-1 calls, including but not limited to the provision of incorrect information to Distributel in connection therewith.

  7. 9-1-1 VoIP Service – User Tips
    • In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 to reach the emergency services call centre operator.

    • Be prepared to provide your physical location, call-back number, and nature of the emergency

    • Do not hang up unless instructed to do so.

    • If you get disconnected, please redial 9-1-1 immediately. The emergency services call centre operator, if they have your number, will also attempt to call you back.

    • Ensure that your VoIP service and Internet service is configured and initialized correctly and that the address registered with your VoIP service is always up-to-date since the emergency services call centre operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 9-1-1 call.

    • Inform all users and potential users of the limitations of VoIP 9-1-1 service and about these user tips.

    • Display the VoIP 9-1-1 warning sticker on the telephone set or in a location that is clearly visible to all users and potential users.

  8. Updates to 9-1-1 Service terms.

    The information contained in this VoIP 9-1-1 Service Agreement may be updated and revised from time to time. Updates and revisions are available on our website at: https://www.distributel.ca/terms-and-conditions/#9-1-1EN