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.


Who Will Bring Broadband to Everyone?

No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.
-- President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address


Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Innovation

For consumers, the promise of the IP transition is new services and ways to collaborate and communicate that are better and more advanced than current basic telephone communications. High-quality networks across the country will ensure that people in all communities have the ability to create, invent, and use products and services that can enhance our world. Broad access to high speed IP networks is essential to making sure technology continues to evolve.


Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Speed

Consumers need fast networks that allow them access to, and choice of, a full range of services to meet their needs.

In replacing the public switched telephone network (PSTN), consumers need truly high speed networks with low-latency and jitter so that these networks are capable of fully supporting legacy PSTN services like faxing, modems, and text telephone (TTY) services that are sensitive to network quality.


Principles for a Successful IP Transition: Robustness and Resiliency

To ensure public safety, consumers need to be able to rely on networks in emergencies. The universal service concept has, perhaps, most frequently been promoted as a way to ensure that all Americans have a way to contact the authorities in the event of an emergency to preserve life and limb. And, so, when it comes to using the telephone or any telecommunications service, a basic question is whether it will work.