States Losing Landline Subscribers

The recent 2000-2005 FCC wireline (POTS) subscriber numbers are interesting - the number of POTS lines decreased. This in and of itself is not new and of much interest. What is interesting is where the decrease happened - Kansas. The largest decrease (19%) happened in Kansas, a state not generally thought of as a technical leader. But, one should never underestimate the technical sophistication of the modern combine, most already have wireless 802.11 links back to the barn, VoIP is a logical … [Read more...]

FCC: Cut Off Non-Responding VoIP Users

The Federal Communications Commission has finally broken its silence and now says VoIP service providers must drop customers who don't reply "affirmatively" to communications about E911 service limitations. But the agency did throw providers a bone, giving them an extra month to collect the data. … [Read more...]

VoIP Providers Worry as FCC Clams Up

Service providers are scrambling to meet a July 29 federal deadline to get "affirmative acknowledgment" from their customers about VoIP's 911 service limitation. So will they have to cut-off subscribers that don't respond? No one knows, and the FCC, which did an abrupt about face when it imposed strict 911 regulations on VoIP last month, is silent on the matter. … [Read more...]

FCC to VoIP: ‘Be Like the Phone Company’

The Federal Communications Commission is ordering VoIP service providers to offer 911 service similar to that offered by telecom giants such as SBC and Verizon in a mere 120 days. Industry advocates say the action is anti-competitive, will prove costly to consumers and actually stifles the type of innovation that could lead to more robust and efficient emergency calling services. … [Read more...]