60 posts categorized "Telecommunications"

July 11, 2011

Reader Objection: The PSTN is Better than Wireless or VoIP

Last week I posted on a recommendation by the Technical Advisory Council (TAC) to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that the FCC set More...

July 05, 2011

I Was Wrong and Sloppy to Blame Safari on the iPad for Viewing Problems

I was sloppy in my debugging and wrong to blame Safari on the iPad for problems we had viewing web pages on that device in my post The Empress' New iPad. Although iPad, as is well known, doesn't sup More...

TAC to FCC: Set a Date Certain for the End of the PSTN

According to the accompanying chart with projections from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 6% of the US population will still be served by the public switched telephone network (PSTN More...

June 29, 2011

Policy Recommendations Today at fcc.gov/live

Should the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) end with a bang or a whimper? What, if anything, should the FCC do about the transition to IPv6 ? What are best practices for wireless tower siting?

These are some of the subjects on which the FCC's More...

June 16, 2011

Whom Do We Regulate when the Phone Monopolies Are Gone? – Universal Access

Reprise of last post: After a more than 100 year run, the end is nigh for plain old telep More...

June 13, 2011

Whom Do We Regulate when the Phone Monopolies Are Gone?

Once upon a time in a universe not very long ago phone service in the US was provided by regulated monopolies. AT&T was the big one and there were (and are) hundreds of small ILECs (Independent Local Exchange Carriers) around the country. These monopolies were regulated both at the federal an More...

May 31, 2011

Keeping a Moving Boatload of Devices Online

Problem: How can Americans stay online for three weeks on a canal boat in Southern France?

One answer: MiFi from Xcom Global.

I usually spend much too much of my travel time trying to stay connected. More...

May 25, 2011

States Should Deregulate ALL Phone Services – Not Regulate New Ones

The Vermont Public Service Department is urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to regulate Voice over IP (VoIP) services offered by Comcast as it does POTS – Plain Old Phone Service. According to James Porter, telecommunications director for the Public Service Department as More...

May 23, 2011

Planning for the Ugly End of the Phone Network

Consumers are who have a choice are quickly deciding they don't need the old copper-based phone network, often known as POTS for Plain Old Telephone Service. We use our cellphones for talking even when we're not mobile. The cell phones have built in phone directories, easy ways to return More...

May 19, 2011

Stowe Electric Brings Fiber to the Mountain

The Nose on top of Mt. Mansfield bristles with communication towers (don't worry; it's still beautiful). Television stations reach much of the state from its highest mountain. Emergency services depend on transmission facilities there. Keeping reliable power flowing to this subarctic (re More...

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