Doug on IP Comm – An independent voice on VoIP, telecom, and IP Communication

The missing piece in a national broadband policy

Posted on: July 20, 2009

What do you do with voice and the legacy telephone network? Everyone is such a hurry to get to the future that they don’t want to deal with today and tomorrow.

It is time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take a (long overdue) time out and review the current status of the PSTN, then provide a roadmap for all stakeholders on how it will be managed for the next 20 years and/or when it is finally turned off.

Traditional landline service is declining year-over-year, but is it dying?  Or will it bottom out and level off?

Verizon seems to be in a hurry to get FiOS installed, but at the expense of  copper in service for DSL and voice service.  Not everyone is going to get FiOS, so does this mean that “New” phone system will be built around wireless phones for the economically disadvantaged? If so, what does this translate to for additional/extended wireless coverage within buildings?

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