For Immediate Release
May 10, 2013
Broadband Coalition Statement On Technology Transitions Policy Task Force Announcement Today
(Washington, DC)—The following is a media statement by The Broadband Coalition (www.thebroadbandcoalition.com) on today’s FCC announcement:
“The FCC’s Public Notice represents the considered judgment of the FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force staff, which has been studying the issues that are suitable for technology transition trials. While we maintain that trials are not necessary, we believe the Task Force has appropriately focused its attention on identifying obstacles to the interconnection of networks for the exchange of voice in IP format, challenges associated with deploying next generation 911 and threats to consumer welfare associated with telephone company proposals to abandon their wireline networks in certain areas.
The focus on interconnection is especially important to competition and to the competitive carrier members of the Broadband Coalition. Competitors cannot compete unless they can interconnect and exchange voice traffic with other providers—including the big legacy telephone companies. But to date, the legacy telephone companies have refused to establish IP interconnection with competitors. The Public Notice correctly observes that carriers around the world are interconnecting in IP for the exchange of voice traffic, but that IP interconnection in the United States has been “delayed.” It is time for the legacy telephone companies to stop delaying. The Broadband Coalition members look forward to working with the FCC on IP voice interconnection trials to establish a framework for compelling the legacy telephone companies to join the rest of the interconnected IP voice world.”