PSTN-to-IP transition

Verizon seeks FCC permission to retire copper in 8 markets, emphasizes call to revise processes

Location:
VA, United States

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to retire copper in eight Northeast markets (Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware), marking another step in the company’s migration of its customer base to fiber-based technology.

Trump’s FCC Will Let Big Telecom Destroy Small Houston ISPs As It Rebuilds After Harvey

Location:
Houston, TX, United States

As Texas starts to dry out from the damage of Hurricane Harvey, another perfect storm is forming.

The FCC’s Plan to Gut Tech Transitions Rules Is Bad for Consumers, Small Businesses and Competition

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In April 2017, the Federal Communications Commission began a wireline infrastructure proceeding designed to accelerate broadband deployment. The proceeding contains multiple proposals to remove barriers to broadband deployment and infrastructure, such as reforming pole attachment rates and preempting state and local laws. Buried within these proposals is a plan to eliminate “tech transitions” rules, which outline the responsibilities of phone carriers when they choose to retire copper networks or discontinue service.

Will Rural Texas Ever Get Its Phone Service Back After Harvey?

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Once the floodwaters recede and the reconstruction begins, when can residents see their phone service — and broadband service — return. For rural residents of Texas still dependent on traditional landlines, the answer to that may be “never.”

AT&T, Verizon say 90 days is enough for copper retirement notices

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

AT&T and Verizon, two of the nation’s largest telecommunication companies, are making their case again to the Federal Communications Commission to shorten the copper retirement notice from 180 to 90 days.

CenturyLink wants to shed 7 legacy analog, low-speed data services in 24 states

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

CenturyLink is seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s permission to shut down a number of low-speed data and analog services in 24 states located in its predecessor company CenturyTel’s territories, citing lack of demand.

Illinois OKs end of landlines, but FCC approval required

Location:
Illinois General Assembly, Springfield, IL, 62706, United States

An AT&T-backed bill to end traditional landline phone service in Illinois is now the law of the land. Overriding Gov Bruce Rauner's (R-IL) veto, the General Assembly approved the telecom modernization bill on July 1, enabling AT&T to disconnect its remaining 1.2 million landline customers statewide, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Verizon says de facto copper retirement concept inhibits fiber migration, creates uncertainty

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission to get rid of the so-called de facto retirements from its copper retirement definition, arguing that it could create uncertainty in the process of shutting down legacy facilities.

Britain’s broadband capital considers cutting off phone lines

Location:
Hull, United Kingdom

The small city of Hull in northern England is planning to be one of the first places in Europe to consign its telephone lines to history. By the end of 2017, between 150,000 ...

AT&T-backed legislation to cut POTS lines limits affordable, reliable options, says AARP, Citizens Utility Board

Location:
IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T-supported legislation in Illinois that would eliminate a requirement for the telco to offer landline voice service, or "plain old telephone service," has been met with opposition from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the AARP, igniting new debate on legacy services.

Maximizing Investment (and Jobs) In Broadband Networks

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) demonstrates that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not only recognizes the importance of the technology transition that is already underway, but that he is willing to tackle the issue head on early in his leadership.

Sprint’s long VoIP patent war leads to $140M verdict against Time Warner Cable

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sprint has been filing patent lawsuits over VoIP for more than a decade now, and the company may have just scored its biggest payout yet. On March 3, a jury in Sprint's home district of Kansas City (MO) said that Time Warner Cable, now part of Charter Communications, must pay $139.8 million for infringing several patents related to VoIP technology.

FCC’s Pai puts another nail in the BDS reform coffin

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has removed business data services (BDS) price reform from its list of active proceedings on proposed rules, marking another sign of the new Republican-dominated leadership’s light-touch regulatory mentality.

Beyond convergence: a new policy paradigm for information technology

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

We’ve been discussing technological “convergence” in one way or another for at least 25 years.

AT&T says 50% of voice customers in Alabama, Florida trial cities transitioned to IP services

Location:
Carbon Hill, AL, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is progressing with its TDM-to-IP voice service transition in two cities in FL and AL, telling the Federal Communications Commission that on a combined basis 50 percent of total customer accounts have voluntarily migrated to one of the company's next-generation wireline and wireless voice services.

Verizon defends its copper retirement notification delivery proposal

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon is defending a protest to a Federal Communications Commission request that the company should be allowed to notify wholesale and retail customers of copper retirement plans by providing them an electronic hyperlink instead of a paper copy.

Verizon wants to switch copper retirement notifications from paper to electronic copies

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon’s ongoing copper retirement efforts may be controversial, but the telecommunication company says the process would be more efficient if it could provide the notifications electronically.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Clyburn at NTCA's Telecom Executive Policy Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

I am honored to be a part of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Telecom Executive Policy Summit and wish to use the time you have generously allotted, to touch on a few topics I know are important to you and your members.

DC Circuit Vacates FCC OTT VoIP Order on End Office Access Charges

Location:
Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, 1300 North 17th St, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States
Recommendation:
3

A recent DC Circuit Court decision concerns access charges billed by over-the-top VoIP carriers. In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission issued a declaratory ruling regarding the classification of end office local switching when Internet service providers (“ISPs”) collaborate with over-the-top VoIP providers to complete interexchange calls.

Maryland Office of People's Counsel calls for investigation of Verizon copper retirement notices

Location:
Maryland Office of People's Counsel, 6 Saint Paul , Baltimore, MD, 21202, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Maryland Office of People's Counsel is calling for an investigation and suspension of copper-line retirement notices Verizon has been sending some Maryland customers.

Embracing and Retraining for Innovation: AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself Part II

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

If AT&T is going to disrupt itself, it must first disrupt its own culture, which is a difficult and long process to say the least. It starts with its people, and AT&T has undertaken a pretty significant retraining program for its workforce.

FCC Tells You About Your Phone Transition — Y’all Might Want To Pay Attention.

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

I’ve been writing about the “shut down of the phone system” (and the shift to a new one) since 2012. The Federal Communications Commission adopted a final set of rules to govern how this process will work last July. Because this is a big deal, and because the telecoms are likely to try to move ahead on this quickly, the FCC is having an educational event on Monday, September 26.

Technology Transitions Info Session

Sep 26 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

FCC subject matter experts will share information about how the progress of technology transitions are impacting the consumer experience, including but not limited to, service implications, backup power issues, and accessibility concerns.

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Back Azimuth: Revisiting the Network Compact

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler was in Aspen (CO) this week addressing the 30th Annual Conference on Communications Policy. He returned to a familiar subject: the Network Compact. His aim was to offer a perspective on what lies ahead for the FCC by first looking back. Chairman Wheeler is known for his love of history. In his eyes, we are living through a network revolution driven by ever-evolving technology which is changing the patterns of commerce and culture. The lessons of how people dealt with past network revolutions are a “’back azimuth’,” Wheeler said, “a concept familiar to navigators in which a landmark in the rear is used to inform the path forward.”

NCTA Shocked — SHOCKED! — to Discover Ex Parte Process At FCC.

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
3

Every now and then, I am reminded that the cable news networks such as Fox and MSNBC are members of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).

FCC Streamlines Approval Process For Network Technology Transitions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Landline phone network technology is changing rapidly; the Federal Communications Commission further updated its rules to help ensure that consumers, industry and the economy reap the benefits of this ongoing, innovative transformation.

The FCC Sets the Ground Rules For Shutting Down The Phone System — And Sets the Stage For Universal Broadband.

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Here’s the funny thing about the world. The two Orders the Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 14 probably have more impact on the future of our communications infrastructure than the Title II reclassification of broadband.

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Public Interest Advocates Discuss IP Transition with FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

Eleven public interest advocates (including the Benton Foundation) filed a letter on July 7, 2016, to express concern with a draft order that will streamline the framework for Federal Communications Commission evaluation of requests to discontinue legacy voice service.

AT&T wants to end private line voice service in Alabama and Florida

Location:
Carbon Hill, AL, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to discontinue its BellSouth Analog Voice Grade Private Line services in Carbon Hill (AL) and in Kings Point (FL) a -- two markets where the telecommunication company has been conducting IP transition tests.

CenturyLink's copper replacement plan could spur protests by consumers, CLECs

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
2

CenturyLink is replacing its aging copper-based wireline facilities in seven cities, potentially setting itself up for a wave of protests from consumers and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) that use existing facilities -- similar to those faced by Verizon and AT&T as they transition their legacy networks.

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