FCC POTS Lines Forbearance Order 19-72A1

The End of Copper POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) Lines 

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 2, 2019 – The FCC has approved a forbearance request (order 19-72A1) that granted phone and telecommunications carriers permission to abandon old, outdated and degrading copper analog POTS landlines. Carriers are not only released from any obligations to maintain this critical communications infrastructure, they are also no longer required to make POTS available to their consumers. 

Expected Impact of the POTS Forbearance Order

The aftermath of this FCC order has already begun. As a result of Order 19-72A1, telecommunications carriers have started increasing the pricing for existing POTS lines by up to 150%! They’re doing this in an effort to force customers off of the outdated copper analog POTS infrastructure. The costs to maintain POTS lines is becoming increasingly expensive for carriers to maintain. With more businesses starting to make the shift to digital, this leaves existing businesses that still use copper analog POTS lines to pay the difference. Keep in mind that with these higher costs also come the lack of service, since carriers will no longer be required to maintain or offer POTS lines service. 

The FCC Order 19-72A1 mandates that customers and resellers of POTS line services must transition to an alternative solution on or before August 2, 2022. 

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Our Solution: EPIK Edge™ POTS Replacement for Traditional Landlines

Some solutions, such as VoIP, are capable of handling certain POTS line functions, like phone and voice. However, there are special services that have been historically supported by POTS lines, such as fire and burglar alarms, elevator lines, fax lines, ATMS and analog modem data, that make working with VoIP challenging. This is due to the unique codecs and transmission modes needed to effectively support such devices.

Introduction EPIK Edge™ POTS Replacement device. It works by relying on 4G LT, or a stable internet connection, and is powered by a built in lithium battery. Are you ready to say goodbye to POTS and hello to digital based VoIP via LTE? Contact us for more information!

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