11 Oct POTS Lines in the USA must be replaced with an alternative service
Posted at 15:13h in cybersecurity
All POTS (copper) Lines in the USA must be replaced with an alternative service by August 2, 2022, according to The FCC. The FCC has issued Order 10-72A1 that mandates that all traditional analog copper POTS lines must be changed to fiber/cellular IP-based communication with no exception.
The traditional analog copper POTS lines of telephony are coming to end-of-life after 100 years. This aging infrastructure is disintegrating, and for many businesses, provides life-saving emergency communications to include: Voice Lines, Fax Machines, Fire Alarms, Elevators, Security Alarms, and more. This disruption can give your business some big challenges to overcome, if not urgently addressed…..and there is no time to wait. Side note: POTS meaning is simply “Plain Old Telephone Service”
Needless to say, this change may not be easy for everyone, because some alarm panels can be at least 20 years old, and they may need to be ripped out and replaced to allow IP-based communication. This may be very expensive and unaffordable, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic situation we’re living in.
Also, as it’s all being replaced with fiber, no one is laying new copper for POTS lines because of this FCC mandate. For example, when Super Storm Sandy hit through the northeast and flooded NYC, and the city went under stories of water, all those copper POTS lines corroded and were replaced with fiber.
So, it’s just a matter of time until they’re going to force the few remaining away from POTS/analog and over to fiber/cellular IP-based communication.
This is a clear example of how catastrophes lead to disruptive actions, that may change the way we interact with each other.
What this means for our clients:
If you have a voice line system or a security system that is not through a Digital provider (VOIP) or a Fiber/Coax provider, then this probably applies to you.
SOS Support can work with you to find alternative solutions.
We know that is tough and painful getting the equipment changed, especially when you made a huge investment years ago, but, the good news are that you may not pay as much for the different type of fiber or coaxial lines, as they’re in some cases cheaper than the copper ones. Aging copper networks are too costly to maintain and as many more subscribers are acquiring the fiber and coaxial services, prices will continue to drop.