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The Telecom Digest for December 24, 2013
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Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:45:54 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Can the FCC Handle Phone Service over the Internet? Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog, December 22, 2013 | Regulating IP telephony will be like updating the rules of the | road from horse-and-carriage traffic to modern automobiles. | | Slowly and carefully, the FCC is circling around a problem | that may be its hardest ever. The digital TV transition? Piece | of cake. First-on-the-planet incentive auctions? No sweat. But | this one is tough: nothing less than a remake of the U.S. | telephone system, all 120 million phones and 1.5 billion miles | of wire. | | The engineers and entrepreneurs have gotten out ahead of the | FCC lawyers. Now the lawyers are scrambling to catch up. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/l78godr Neal McLain ***** Moderator's Note ***** I don't know why this kind of thing bothers me, but: "You open an office, from which you run a single pair of wires to every telephone in the neighborhood" WRONG - The first telephones were connected with single wires, using ground return the same way that telegraph circuits did. "Decades later, fast, reliable crossbar switches replaced the Strowgers." quibble - There's no mention of Panel. "All of these technologies serve the same function: creating a direct, metallic connection from one telephone to another." Inaccurate - Not "all" of these technologies use metallic connections. In digital switches, they are, in fact, much like VoIP, except the packets travel on a dedicated backbone inside the switch instead of via the Internet, and using something other than Internet Protocol (IP) in most cases. The author mentions "R" carrier and the transition from metallic to virtual circuit connections later, but the above quote is after the mention of digital switches. "Dialing a number ... puts in motion a cascade that ripples through the system, setting up connections from one switching office to the next, sometimes a dozen or more ..." ALMOST /ALWAYS/ WRONG - The Bell System standard allowed no more than five links in tandem, and even that was for calls transiting more than two terminating toll centers. On international calls, I might agree, but even there, a "dozen or more" links is a stretch. -- Bill Horne Moderator
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