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Dec 31
2009

AT&T Calls for Firm Date to Sunset the PSTN

By GARY KIM, TMCnet.com (Technology Marketing Corporation)

Remember the process leading up to the decommissioning of the analog U.S. TV broadcasting air interface and a clear transition to high-definition broadcasting? AT&T now has asked the Federal Communications Commission to create an orderly timetable along those general lines for a shutdown of the analog phone system in the United States. AT&T’s argument is that investing in two separate networks, the “dying” public switched telephone network and the coming IP network, is retarding the deployment of the new network.

AT&T also has asked for resolution of a number of long-standing regulatory policies governing universal service, inter-carrier compensation, carrier of last resort and related rules that, although a staple of the analog telephone business, are seen by AT&T and others to be inhibiting investment in the new broadband networks that are the future of the entire wired communications business.

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