Discuss: Upgrading the Telephone Backbone

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November 29, 2013 at 05:39:52
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the chairman of the FCC wants to upgrade the telephone backbone of the United States to IP instead of analog switch technology. Discuss here if you think IP phone technology is ready to fully replace analog, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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November 29, 2013 at 06:13:11
It would sure make spying a lot easier if it were all digital and not a mix. A power failure would cripple everyone's 911 service as the phones don't work in power outages and that may be a time emergency. I still maintain a land line that I would love to not have to pay for, but I don't feel comfortable with an all digital system.

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November 29, 2013 at 07:03:11
I agree with HopperRox. The analogue system can be maintained will relatively low battery power from the exchange which makes if far more robust than any digital system.

I have cordless phones scattered throughout the house that work fine, providing there is power. I also have an old fashioned plug in telephone in a draw than I can use in the event of a power failure.

Here in the UK British Telecom have all but given up with VoIP because of the complexity of running two different systems in parallel and the law requires that an analogue system be maintained for the reasons mentioned above.

And yes, an all dgital system would make spying a lot easier.


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November 29, 2013 at 07:09:49
I wouldn't recommend getting rid of the analog phone system either.

I also have an old fashioned plug in telephone in a draw than I can use in the event of a power failure.

Got one of those hanging on the wall in my wife's home office for just such occasions as power outages.

My wife and I have given thought to getting rid of our land line but we have an unlimited long distance in North America package. Since her family all live in the US and she's up here in Canada with me she can talk for hours (and often does) with her mom and dad, her son, daughter and our grandkids.

I know we can not at this point in time get an LD package with cell phones for as little as we pay monthly for the one with our landline.

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December 1, 2013 at 23:54:29
Haven't we had enough of politicans 'fixing' things that don't need to be fixed?

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December 5, 2013 at 18:04:52
Of course, going to digital landlines is kind of useless. Most people are getting rid of their landlines in favor of cheap cellphones anyway. Even I got rid of mine in a cost-cutting move last year; Centurylink was being a PITA when it came to the bill. I just wanted them to cut my service down to a bare minimum, 400 minutes a month plan with no frills for an emergency phone. They wouldn't. So I chucked them. I got the Straighttalk thing from Walmart in replacement for my Verizon service (ditto Centurylink's problem), and it seems to be working pretty damn good so far.

Problem with going digital? When the internet crashes (and it will sometime), no phones period. It would be total chaos.

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December 17, 2013 at 07:57:44
Land-line phone system is by far the better in emergency situations... As already stated - battery back up (at the exchange) ensures it will work even when your local domestic power is out...; albeit for a while at least... Also no drop out due to poor signal strength...

Sadly even land-line calls can be "looked in on.../spied on" these days; as most go a distance in a digital form, and long distance invariably via a bird (satellite) way up there... Satellites can be down due to atmospherics, deliberate "interference..." and just plain "it broke down... and not enuff built-in redundancy to go round..." And NSA etc. in USA and Cheltenham GCHQ (in the UK) have been sweeping up calls for years...

Unless you actually use a high-level scrambler/encryption system "they" can always snoop on your private chats... And if "they" noted you were using high level encryption then likely "they" would pay even more (closer) attention to your affairs. Inevitably "they" would decrypt in due course...

So if you see any utility vehicles seeming long time parked in your area (and not appearing to do anything much...) perhaps change your encryption at least; maybe even move house/home...?

Echoing Curt R's comments re' land-lines... Land-line call packages are very attractive in some parts of the world; far better than anything via mobile/cell services...

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