FCC May Overhaul US Phone System
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering ridding the country of its traditional copper wire system in favor of a more modern network based on Internal Protocol.
This week, the FCC unanimously voted in favor of an in-depth investigation into the nation’s telephone system; depending on the results of this investigation, the commission might decide on a complete overhaul of the current network. Carriers and service providers such as AT&T and Verizon have long requested that an IP-based telephone system be implemented across the US, but testing must obviously be carried out beforehand.
“The move from the circuit-switched networks of Alexander Graham Bell to the new networks of the Internet Revolution are all around us,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who has long been a supporter of the proposed change. Wheeler has been vocal in his support of the upgraded network technology, favoring IP networks for their increased efficiency and lower overall cost.
Whilst the new system seems to have support from many people, any changes that are decided upon by the FCC will certainly not happen overnight. Experiments are scheduled to begin on February 20th, with new projects to be officially selected in May.