FCC starts to plan the Transition of POTS …

The FCC’s definition of PSTN of POTs is, well, a joke, right?

FCC starts to plan the Transition of POTS …


FCC starts to plan the Transition of POTS …
Excuse me, but POTS is not the PSTN and hasn’t been since the 1990’s when state laws were changed to upgrade the PSTN to fiber.  —  Here’s the new jersey state law. By 2010, 100% of the state was to be completed with an upgrade of the PSTN to fiber, for speeds capable of 45 mbps in both directions. And in March 2012, the state issued a show cause order to Verizon to explain why they had not complied with the law.
Broadband wars: http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=632
But let me be very specific.
Here is the opening of the New Jersey laws and regulations.– PSTN is now video and high speed data services, not just plain old telephone network.
“D. NJ BELL’S PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE FORM OF REGULATION MAY 21, 1992 — NJ Bell’s plan declares that its approval by the Board would provide the foundation for NJ Bell’s acceleration of an information age network in Now Jersey and referred to by NJ Bell as ‘Opportunity New Jersey’. Opportunity New Jersey would accelerate the deployment of key network technologies to make available advanced intelligent network, narrowband digital, wideband digital, and broadband digital service capabilities in the public switched network, and thereby accelerate the transformation of NJ Bell’s public switched network, which today transports voiceband services (voice, facsimile and low speed data), to a public switched network, which transports video and high speed data services in addition to voiceband services.”
And let us be very clear, this is not only the PSTN but it is ALL one network. In its 2001 “New Jersey Infrastructure Report,” Verizon of New Jersey made clear that it operates one network, not separate networks for “communications” and “information”:
By integrating a number of services on a single network, Verizon NJ will continue to make optimum use of our service delivery capabilities. The evolution to the full service ATM [Asynchronous Transfer Mode] based switched broadband network will increase significantly the efficiency of serving New Jersey through automated provisioning and activation processes, increase capacity availability, and result in an even more flexible delivery platform. Verizon NJ’s integrated network of switches, transmission facilities and operating systems provides New Jersey’s residential and business communities with a technologically advanced telecommunications infrastructure that is ready, willing and able to act as the on-ramp to the Information Highway.
Customers paid about $13 billion in the state for these upgrades, which Verizon is also claiming FiOS is part of… as they claim that they completed their obligations.
The FCC’s definition of PSTN of POTs is, well, a joke, right?
Bruce

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