POTS sunset on horizon?

WASHINGTON – Plain-old telephone service–the mainspring of traditional burg and fire alarm signal transmission–could be coming to a mandatory end. The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 1 issued a public notice seeking comment on a National Broadband Plan that could include a mandatory switch from a public switched telephone network to IP, similar to the FCC-enforced switch from analog to digital broadcast television that occurred in early 2009.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said while nothing had been decided, the FCC needed to collect as much information as possible about how such a nationwide switch over should be approached and what effect it would have. “There was a requirement in the stimulus bill that the FCC develop a National Broadband Plan for…

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