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Carriers would be able to replace old copper wires with either fiber or wireless

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is allowing carriers like Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. to conduct trials for digital phone networks instead of the traditional analog versions. 
According to the FCC, it unanimously voted in favor of trials that test a switch from circuit-switch technology to internet protocol-based networks. But the FCC said it isn't testing the new technology itself -- since it's already in use -- but rather, it will test how consumers react to the switch, how it benefits them, how it performs in important situations, etc. 
This could certainly prove to be advantageous for consumers, especially those in rural areas that often complain about little to no connectivity when it comes to their IP-based services. 
The carriers would definitely benefit, as they'd be able to replace old copper wires with either fiber or wireless. This would mean they wouldn't have to continue investing in both old networks and new networks anymore. 

It's not clear when the trials will begin, but they will be voluntary and cover multiple areas with different topologies, weather conditions and population densities/demographics. 

AT&T is just one U.S. company that has been launching a fiber network around the states. For instance, the carrier released its U-verse all-fiber Internet network with GigaPower in Austin, Texas last month, which will deliver initial speeds of 300 megabits-per-second. According to AT&T, its new service will offer upstream speeds 20 times faster than what’s available today, and it will reportedly allow users to download a full HD movie in under two minutes. 

Google is another tech giant implementing its fiber network around the country. It has already gone live in Kansas, Utah and Texas

Source: FCC

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By Floorbit on 2/1/2014 5:06:00 AM , Rating: 2
" switch from circuit-switch technology to internet protocol-based networks."
If this is the point of the context . It does not say a whole lot. Just because there is a x mega mega att project in texas does not mean that there is any advantage to the present technology.
Especially in wireless. Judging from this article the wireless is 'already'using Internet protocals. However wireless devices do not comprise devices that have actually been 'internet devices'. The usefulness of the Internet devices in their component,is the Internet. The usefulness of the devices in the respect of 'using Internet Protocal',is the usefulness of the wireless phone. That is any other words,from the perspective,is that because there is a device that uses IP protocal,it is an internet device. However,this is not exactly correct of wireless devices specific to wireless phones,that use the protocal.
The usefulness is to that of the carrier,rather than that of the device itself,to an Internet protocol. The proof of this is evident in details of configuration,and operation,and availability of software. The software contributive to the wireless phone,is most often only relevent to that of the carrier. Big difference since an Internet device,has configuration,beyond that of its proprietor. And instalation should not be to the advantage of the carrier,but to prevalance of the protocal suggested.
That is an Internet Protocal 'with exception(s). Doesn't actually make Internet. Or Internet activity.

In other words,I can't get what I want out of my cell phone . And Internet Protocal device,has a solution for example.

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