by Richard Bennett
American Enterprise Institute
April 07, 2014
American citizens are far ahead of government agencies and holdout populations such as the elderly in transitioning to new networking technologies. Some 45 years after design work started on the cellular network and the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Internet Protocol (IP) Technology Transitions Order amounting to a reluctant invitation for trials on the decommissioning of the legacy telephone network. The FCC is clearly anxious about turning the telephone network off, probably because the FCC and telephone network grew up together. Although society will benefit most from a rapid transition from telephone to broadband networks, the FCC’s order is obstructing the transition. The FCC’s order should be substantially revised to, among other things, accelerate the adoption of IP technologies in the realms of public safety, defense, and aviation.

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