Recent reports about the prevalence of wireless-only households and difficulties giving location data to 911 centers from wireless calls highlight the importance of protecting the fundamental values of our network as we move to new technologies.
Last week, Public Knowledge’s Senior Staff Attorney Jodie Griffin testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet in Washington. In a hearing entitled “Preserving Public Safety and Network Reliability in the IP Transition,” Jodie drove home the necessity of the fundamental values of the phone network carrying over to new technologies, as the IP transition moves forwards and underlying technologies continue to evolve in new and exciting directions.
Public Knowledge's Senior Staff Attorney, Jodie Griffin, will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet in the hearing titled, "Preserving Public Safety and Network Reliability in the IP Transition."
Today, Public Knowledge, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and ten other public interest groups and state consumer advocates asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate reports indicating carriers are forcing customers off of traditional copper-based phone service. In their letter, the groups list examples of complaints from California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and D.C., where customers say they have been told their copper lines will not be repaired and have been pressured to move onto fiber-based or wireless service without notice of the differences between those products and the traditional copper-based service they have relied on.
Today the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau Chief reaffirmed in a blog post the FCC's commitment to ensuring the phone network's transition to new technologies is guided by the fundamental values of public safety, competition, consumer protection, and universal service. The post specifically noted that new networks may offer better speeds or lower costs, but fail to work during power outages or support features like medical alerts, security systems, credit card processing, and faxes. Finally, the blog post confirmed the Commission's commitment to receiving public comment on network changes.
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