Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a significant step to allow United States telecommunications companies to begin transitioning from the current copper line telephone system to an all Internet Protocol (IP) based platform by approving IP geographic trials by those carriers that wish to participate. According to the Commission, the IP trials will allow the FCC to develop regulations around the transition from Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) to an all-IP system in “sandbox mode”. Sandbox mode is the opportunity to run an experiment, receive all the data about how the program is running and fix the issues without impacting the entire system. In the case of the IP trails, telecommunication companies would have the opportunity to opt-in to run the trials on their network in select locations to gather data, understand the issues and begin resolving them for the good of the larger system.