FCC's Pai: Commission Should Approve IP Transition Pilot Program
Says IP migration is as inevitable as death or another Kardashian reality show
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/7/2013 12:45:00 PM
"The FCC has sought and received comments on a proposal to create an All-IP Pilot Program," Pai said in a speech to the Hudson Institute. "I've reviewed the record carefully. And having done so, I am proposing today that the FCC move forward with this program."
He likened the test to the Wilmington, N.C., test of the national DTV transition, or the FCC's rural health care pilot program.
Pai suggested the test was needed because the move to IP delivery was "as inevitable as death, taxes, or another reality show starring a Kardashian."
He outlined how he thinks the test should be conducted. First, it should be voluntary. Second, it should be conducted in a variety of diverse places.
He also pointed to the variety of groups and individuals who have endorsed the play, including the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Verizon, CenturyLink, the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH, and Blair Levin, architect of the FCC's National Broadband Plan.
He also said Americans are already choosing IP-enabled networks, suggesting the FCC has some catching up to do on the issue.
Pai said that one way to ease the transition would be for the FCC to close the Title II docket. "So long as [the docket] remains open," it dangles over the heads of broadband providers like the proverbial sword of Damocles, threatening to impose legacy economic regulations at a moment's notice.
Commissionrt Pai, former Verizon counsel, forgets to tell everyone that this is a massive state and federal plan by AT&T et al to remove basic telecom regulations and it could shut off phone service of 50% of America wired customers as the plan is to remove carrier of last resort, for example,
He also doesn't mention that AT&T's broadband TV service, U-Verse, is based on using the old, existing copper wiring -- the "PSTN" --- and it already then, can handle IP -- something Pai has never taken them to task over-- AT&T, which controls 22 states telecom networks, has never properly upgraded the networks and now has less than 50% of their territories capable of handling video to compete with cable companies --
This IP transition, then is a plan to remove customers' rights and obligations of the phone companies --- not a technology change.
bruce kushnick - 3/12/2013 2:25:38 PM EDT
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