HBF Provides Covad i-911 Emergency Calling Services to Voice Over IP (VoIP) Customers

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HBF Group, Inc. announced today that it will provide its VoIP 9-1-1 capabilities to Covad Communications.

HBF Group, Inc. announced today that it will provide its 9-1-1 capabilities to Covad Communications, a leading national provider of integrated voice and data communications. HBF Group, Inc.'s E9-1-1 service, known as i-911™, addresses deficiencies in other commercially available solutions by providing public safety answering points (PSAPs) with the callback number and location information of an emergency call -- in real time. This service also facilitates nomadic users (including soft clients) and non-native telephone numbers.

Integration of i-911 will enable Covad to provide its VoIP customers with the coverage and functionality they expect to receive when making a 9-1-1 call. The service is being integrated with Covad's data infrastructure and leverages NENA's (National Emergency Number Association) I2 standards to deliver the information needed to dispatch help, even in a situation where the caller cannot speak or is disconnected. As an additional measure of safety, emergency calls can be routed through HBF's i-911 Safety Response Center, which is staffed around the clock with trained agents.

"HBF is North America's premier E9-1-1 technology provider," said Jake Heinz, Covad vice president and general manager of VoIP services. "We are pleased to partner with them in the continual enhancement of our voice offerings."

"Advanced solutions for providing enhanced 9-1-1 are paramount for VoIP service providers such as Covad," added Jim Shepard, Executive Vice President at HBF. "We are pleased to provide Covad with a solution that supports evolving 9-1-1 standards and regulations, while also enabling new product offerings."

About HBF
HBF Group, Inc. is the 9-1-1 technology leader providing cutting edge solutions to the 9-1-1 industry. HBF deployed the first state-wide 9-1-1 deployment in the United States as well as the first province-wide deployment in Canada. HBF offers a full line of wireline, wireless, and VoIP 9-1-1 products and services for all of North America and serves world-class carriers including Embarq, Verizon, MTS-Allstream, Aliant, Vonage Canada and many other top-tier VoIP Service Providers. HBF is active in 9-1-1 industry associations such as the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), The Emergency Services Interconnection Forum (ATIS/ESIF), and Canada's CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) to help set standards and drive technology for the future of all 9-1-1 service. For more information on HBF, visit http://www.hbfgroup.com or call 512.481.0911

About Covad
Covad is a leading nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications. The company offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, broadband wireless, Web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad's network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 44 states and 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and can be purchased by more than 57 million homes and businesses, which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles San Jose, CA 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD. Web Site: http://www.covad.com.

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