FCC Chairman Suggests Overhaul for Phone Internet System

The FCC will be gearing up to upgrade the U.S.’s telephone backbone soon. The current chairman of the organization announced that it will begin a new set of experiments in 2014 to prep phone lines with bigger networks that use IP instead of the current analog switchboard system.

In a blog post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote, "This is what I call the Fourth Network Revolution… History has shown that new networks catalyze innovation, investment, ideas and ingenuity. Their spillover effects can transform society -- think of the creation of industrial organizations and the standardized time zones that followed in the wake of the railroad and telegraph."

It's a big step, and the full roll-out could take several years, but by the time it's all said and done, everyone in the U.S. will benefit from better call quality and more reliability.

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  • NSA asked for a lil assist from the FCC... I bet the wire-tapping infrastructure streamlines quite nicely getting away from analog.
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  • 389923 said:
    NSA asked for a lil assist from the FCC... I bet the wire-tapping infrastructure streamlines quite nicely getting away from analog.


    ... yeah, either that, or "the greatest nation in the world" has an internet infrastructure that some third world countries chuckle at, so someone figures something should be done about it.
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  • Oh, it will have built-in access. Almost time to leave this place.
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