Major telecommunications providers are in the process of changing from copper to fiber in their network in cables. With this change, we get closer to the day all calls will be handled as data packets and high definition voice becomes a regular feature. Like any major technology transition, there could be some hiccups that will affect consumers and smaller telecom service providers. In response, U.S. regulators have proposed new rules that are meant to ensure a consistent level of service as the transition occurs, and to close an incidental gap in telecom regulations that could have a major impact on smaller carriers.
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“Companies will be expected to notify the Federal Communications Commission if they decide to stop offering consumers some services as part of the transition, such as DSL Internet, which relies on copper wires. But in the interest of making sure the country migrates to fiber more quickly, the agency won’t be requiring firms to ask permission to turn on the new fiber-optic networks. Other protections will be aimed at ensuring that small businesses, schools and hospitals can continue to buy services from telecom companies at competitive wholesale rates. Consumer advocates and some in the telecom industry are welcoming the FCC’s move, saying it will spur competition and innovation.”