The End of the Public Phone Network [telecom]

The End of the Public Phone Network

More and more businesses and households are trading their traditional switched telephone service for voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services. That's led to a paradoxical situation, where a huge number of phone calls start out as Internet packets and end up as Internet packets, but have to be switched to, and then from, a voice circuit on the old-school public switched telephone network. Universal Internet Protocol would allow telecom companies to meet the same demand with much less equipment. Seeing the possible financial benefits - including turning suddenly redundant real estate into cash - AT&T, the largest phone service provider in the world, called on the U.S. government to set a final date for the last plain old telephone call. "Techwise Conversations" host Steven Cherry talks with Daniel Berninger, founder of the Voice Communication Exchange Committee. This Washington, D.C.-based telecom advisory group has chosen the date for the completion of the transition to the Internet Protocol.

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So when is AT&T going to make the change possible for people like me (who have to pay them for POTS service as a condition of getting broadband)?

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John David Galt

As soon as they can figure out how to charge you more money for going to VoIP.


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