The Transition from Old Copper Lines to High-Speed Fiber Optics

7054380_SLooks like Washington DC is starting to take notice regarding the fiber optics and the way it’s changing how we communicate…it’s about time, because fiber optics will soon be crisscrossing the entire nation, providing the country a different system of telecom bones. By transitioning from old copper lines to high-speed fiber optics, we will be entering a new era of information. There will be new features, capabilities, and benefits. But, as is usually the case with the advent of a new technology, restrictions must be in place and that’s where the government enters the picture. New rules could be voted on as early as August, as reported in The Washington Post.

Brian Fung writes, “One would require companies to offer an optional battery that could be installed in your home so that if the power ever goes out your phone service will keep working. The old copper system didn’t need batteries because copper lines can conduct electricity. But fiber optics can’t, meaning a power outage could prevent consumers from making emergency calls. Under FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal, which is being circulated this month, telecom firms would have to tell their customers about their new systems’ power requirements and offer a backup that provides at least eight hours of additional power.”

This makes sense and it is good to see the government focusing on the possibility of power outages; how exactly would the new system react in the event of a catastrophe or emergency? This is an important question to consider and one worthy of government intervention. The government is also concerned about how this transition will affect small businesses, schools, and hospitals.

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