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Analysis

What Comes Next in the IP Transition: More Public Input

On January 30, the Federal Communications Commission launched a broad set of voluntary experiments meant to ensure that the nation’s communications networks continue to provide the services consumers want and need in this era of historic technological transformations. And the FCC also initiated two new proceedings to collect more input from the public about what many call the IP Transition.

I. Numbering Research [WC Docket 13-97]

Analysis

Did Congress Empower the FCC to Regulate the Internet? Appeals Court Says ‘Yes’

Last month’s blockbuster ruling throwing out the key provisions of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 Network Neutrality rules justifies taking a hard look at Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Weekly Digest

The End of the Beginning: FCC Invites IP Transition Trials

U.S. consumers are gradually abandoning the old, copper-based phone network. Around 2000, the U.S. had roughly 200 million traditional phone lines. By the start of this year, we had only 96 million. More than a third of adults use cellphones as their only form of phone service, up from just 5 percent a decade ago. Forty-two million households subscribed to voice-over-IP (VoIP) service in 2012, an increase of nearly 80 percent since 2008. In 2012, 43.5 percent of residential landlines were VoIP.