Voice communications has dramatically changed in the past five to 10 years, thanks to new technologies like VoIP, Skype and Facetime. What hasn’t changed are regulations at the Federal Communications Commission, which require traditional phone companies to comply with rules that are long outdated. USTelecom believes it’s time to take a hard look at this situation, and consider proposals recently put forward by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association to eliminate legacy regulations, and by AT&T to conduct a trial run of transitioning to next generation IP services.
“These petitions both serve the purpose of starting the debate on the key issues facing the industry,” USTelecom said in comments filed with the FCC on the two proposals. AT&T’s petition focuses on the importance of a forward-looking, data-driven commission effort to understand the technological and policy implications of the transition from TDM to IP-based networks and services, and NTCA’s petition looks at the importance of eliminating legacy regulations no longer necessary to promote the evolution of networks to IP.
USTelecom also gave a plug for its petition to end dominant carrier regulation of voice services.