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.
The following can be attributed to Jodie Griffin, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:
“It is encouraging to see the Commission acknowledge that everyday people rely on its leadership to make sure everyone is made better off by changes to the phone network's infrastructure. While fiber is undoubtedly a more advanced technology than copper, the Commission must ensure that consumers will still have access to an affordable, reliable network during and after the transition.
“We applaud the Commission for ensuring the voices of the actual people using the network are heard before carriers are permitted to move to new technologies. The Commission's structure for receiving comments on network changes, complaint process, and 214(a) application comment process are all important tools to ensure the phone network continues to serve its users first and foremost–before, during, and after the transition.”
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