FCC OKs Trials for Digital Phone Networks
January 31, 2014 12:45 PM
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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
, 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
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2/3/2014 1:59:25 PM
So a company should KEEP money-losing customers????
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