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FCC to Hold Two December Workshops on PSTN Transition to New Technologies

Dan York

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a public notice that it will be holding two workshops on the transition of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to "new technologies" such as voice-over-IP (VoIP). The workshops will be held on December 6 and 14, 2011, at the FCC's office in Washington, DC. The public notice states the goal as:

Circuit-switched wireline voice technology has created a high standard for reliability, accessibility, and ubiquity. Consumers will continue to expect and demand these qualities, even as they shift from PSTN services to services provided over different networks. The transition away from the PSTN is already occurring, and is likely to accelerate. Through these workshops, the Commission will seek input on the technical, economic, and policy issues that must be addressed to minimize disruption during this transition, and to protect consumers, public safety, competition, and other important interests.

The first workshop on Tuesday, December 6, will focus on "what obstacles and opportunities the transition may create regarding public safety, accessibility, and ubiquitous service.

The second workshop on Wednesday, December 14, will focus on "a wide array of economic, technological, and policy issues that need to be addressed as consumers choose to subscribe to, and rely on, new technologies and services.

More details about attending can be found in the public notice. The document also indicates that the workshops will be streamed live at

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society – Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York hereVisit Page
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Workshop Session on December 6th starts at 9am US Eastern Dan York  –  Dec 05, 2011 12:47 PM PDT

For those interested in tuning in to the live stream, the workshops tomorrow (Dec 6) will start at 9am US Eastern with opening statements from a panel.

Video of the December 6th session now available Dan York  –  Dec 13, 2011 9:35 AM PDT

As noted in a new post, a video recording of the December 6th workshop is now available from the FCC's website.

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