The death of POTS is greatly exaggerated


The Evolution of Media, Author: Michael Noll.

By Sean Buckley – The question is, what does POTS mean? Certainly the technology of telecommunication has progressed significantly over the decades.

There are policy issues when a service becomes defined by the technology. Telecommunication–meaning two-way interaction–eclipses the technology of how it is provided. Yet policy relics of the past–such as universal service, subsidization, 911, rural–remain and are enforced on narrower service definitions from the distant past. Policy that is technology specific does not make sense. If it looks like telephone service, it is and should be regulated as such.

Lawyers and policy makers have a tendency to become overwhelmed by technology–and today’s mantra that “the Internet is everything.” The policy issues should be examined in terms of the services provided over telecommunication systems–not the technology of how the signals are transmitted and switched. more>


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