FCC Commissioner Discusses Future of Switched Voice Service

FCC Commissioner, Michael O’Rielly, looks to “dust off” a three-year-old petition filed, in part, to account for technological advances and rethink rules that have burdensome regulations for one class of voice providers simply because they account for a larger share of the market.  It seeks to have dominant and non-dominant carriers regulated in the same manner with respect to switched access service.  Although O’Rielly argues complete deregulation is worth considering given the overall competitiveness of the market.  The current regulations don’t allow providers to direct their investments towards new technologies even though their customers are already embracing them.  It bears noting that the FCC is seeing the most growth and innovation out of the services that have the least regulations.  As such, minimizing unnecessary regulations on switched access service would be a positive step forward.

Read More here: https://www.fcc.gov/blog/rethinking-outdated-voice-regulations