Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules for the orderly phase out of the legacy telephone network as part of the upgrade of the national communications infrastructure (called the “Tech Transitions”).
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt a framework guiding the technology transition from the legacy phone network to digital services, ensuring the transition is an upgrade for all Americans and not just an upgrade for some and a downgrade for others.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission confirmed the agency’s July 14 Open Meeting agenda, including an item on the phone network’s technology transition. This digital or “IP” transition involves all carriers transitioning the phone network from copper lines to fiber cables. Public Knowledge, which has long spearheaded efforts to ensure this massive phone network upgrade remains an upgrade for all Americans, commends the FCC on its progress.
Tomorrow afternoon (May 12th), we are bringing together rural policy experts from around the country for an event on the impact of the technology transitions (previously referred to as the “IP Transition”) on rural communities. This event is open to the public and we hope you can join! It will be held on Capitol Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building at 2pm. You can RSVP here.
Today Public Knowledge and 10 other consumer advocacy groups submitted a letter to the Maryland Senate Finance Committee opposing the deregulatory Senate Bill 577. The letter explains that SB 577 will leave Maryland consumers unprotected against rate hikes and poor service quality and will remove Maryland’s state and local authorities from the broader conversation about the future of our changing communications networks.