Washington, January 30, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today launched a proceeding to conduct trials for the transition of the plain old telephone network to all Internet Protocol (IP) networks, known as the IP-transition. The following is a statement by Fred Campbell, Executive Director of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology (CBIT):
“CBIT applauds the FCC’s decision to move forward on IP-transition trials. Consumers are abandoning plain old telephone service in droves for the superior functionality provided by high-speed Internet connections. But outdated regulations are discouraging investment in new infrastructure by diverting funds to maintain the aging telephone network. These trials will examine how communications policies must change to keep up with ongoing consumer demand.
The trials are a critical first step, but today’s action is only the end of the beginning. The faster the IP-transition is completed, the faster we will see new, competitive investment in modern communications infrastructure and new competitive choices for millions of Americans.”
The Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology (CBIT) advocates for market oriented government policies to advance innovation in technology. Additional information, blog posts and commentary about CBIT can be found on the CBIT website, cbit.org.