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Released: November 19, 2013

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November 19, 2013
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE IP TRANSITION

I agree with Chairman Wheeler that when it comes to the IP Transition, “now . . . is the time to
act.” The transition to IP-based technologies represents the most fundamental and positive change in
telecommunications in decades. But our regulations still reflect a 1970s view of technology and
competition, preventing consumers and providers alike from realizing the full benefits of IP. For that
reason, I welcome Chairman Wheeler’s announcement that the Commission will consider an order at our
January meeting addressing the IP Transition.
Two years ago, the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council under Chairman Wheeler’s leadership
recommended that we sunset the public switched telephone network in 2018. This would allow carriers
to stop investing in the networks of the past and instead concentrate finite resources on the networks of
the future. But we cannot take this step nationally without adequate testing and preparation.
Accordingly, as I stated in February, the time has come to commence an All-IP Pilot Program to provide
us with real-world data from a diverse set of local experiments. I am optimistic that the item we will
consider in January will pave the way for such geographic all-IP trials where carriers will be able to
transition from TDM to IP in a discrete set of wire centers. I thank Chairman Wheeler for his leadership
and look forward to working with him and my colleagues in the coming months to make these trials a
reality.

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