(The change from switched to IP-based telephone networks would be even easier to achieve than for digital television. While some outside copper wiring will be replaced with fiber optic cables, the IP transition will not require any change to home wiring. Nor will existing wired or mobile telephones need to be replaced or fitted with adapters, as was necessary for some older televisions.). Why can't regulators pull the plug?So why can't the agency act?. The FCC says it is being cautious, hoping to "gather a factual record to help determine what polices are appropriate to promote investment and innovation while protecting consumers, promoting competition, and ensuring that emerging all-Internet Protocol networks remain resilient." Friday's notice sought comment on 59 different issues, many not even raised in earlier rounds of filings.
But the continued hesitation over IP transition suggests a more disturbing motivation, Federal and state regulators are clearly anxious about their own role in a future all-IP world -- more concerned, it seems, than they are about the consumers they are pledged to protect, That's because IP-based telephone service, including VoIP, is largely unregulated, And today, leather wallet case for apple iphone x and xs - old saddle there are dozens if not hundreds of VoIP competitors, many offering their services for free, Rivalry among IP voice providers, it seems, has done a far better job of disciplining the providers and encouraging competition than have the thousands of yellowing pages of detailed rules that still apply to the remaining wireline providers, The lightly regulated VoIP market seems to be working well, despite the absence of oversight..
That suggests that whatever level of continued federal and state regulation necessary after the shutdown of the switched telephone network, it will almost certainly be less than today. Agency staff will also need new skills. Regulators expert in the old technologies and the old rules that police them will be hard-pressed to make the transition to a broadband ecosystem with very different characteristics than today's regulated telephone industry. For whatever reasons, in any event, the FCC is simply letting the IP transition happen without its input or guidance.
As a result, wireline telephone provides, like analog television stations before them, may be doomed to irrelevance by new products and services that get better and cheaper with every cycle of digital technology, By the time the agency is ready to act, it may once again be too late, There's still time to avoid disaster, and to rescue the few remaining customers who can't make the leap to digital on their own, But only if the FCC snaps out of its own funk in time to help them, commentary The remaining wireline carriers want to speed up the transition to native IP networks, an investment that has the added bonus of ending the digital divide once and for all, So why won't the FCC leather wallet case for apple iphone x and xs - old saddle let them do it?..
Six months after wireline telephone operators and trade groups asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to begin shutting down their aging switched networks, the agency responded late Friday, calling for further study. In a public notice (PDF) issued by an agency task force created in December 2012, the FCC reiterated the importance of accelerating the transition from switched networks to native IP infrastructure. But rather than approving limited trials to test technical and regulatory obstacles to a full conversion, the agency instead raised more questions about the trials and called for more rounds of comments.