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Workshops on the Public Switched Telephone Network in Transition

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Released: November 10, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 11-1882

Released: November 10, 2011



The Federal Communications Commission is holding two workshops to examine the transition from the
public switched telephone network (PSTN) to new technologies. Circuit-switched wireline voice
technology has created a high standard for reliability, accessibility, and ubiquity. Consumers will
continue to expect and demand these qualities, even as they shift from PSTN services to services provided
over different networks. The transition away from the PSTN is already occurring, and is likely to
accelerate. Through these workshops, the Commission will seek input on the technical, economic, and
policy issues that must be addressed to minimize disruption during this transition, and to protect
consumers, public safety, competition, and other important interests.
The first workshop will focus on what obstacles and opportunities the transition may create regarding
public safety, accessibility, and ubiquitous service. The workshop will also attempt to identify and
evaluate the types of non-carrier stranded assets (such as alarm monitoring systems) that would be left
after the transition.
This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday December 6, 2011, in the morning.
The second workshop will examine a wide array of economic, technological, and policy issues that need
to be addressed as consumers choose to subscribe to, and rely on, new technologies and services.
This workshop is scheduled for Wednesday December 14, 2011, in the morning and afternoon.
The workshops will be held at the FCC Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington,
DC, 20554 and streamed live at Reasonable accommodations for people with
disabilities are available upon request. The request should include a detailed description of the
accommodation needed and contact information. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as
soon as possible in order to allow the agency to satisfy such requests whenever possible. Send an email
to or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-
418-0432 (TTY).
For further information, contact Cindy Spiers or Claude Aiken of the Wireline Competition Bureau at
(202) 418-1580, or via e-mail at or

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