The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to impose backup power requirements on Internet providers that offer phone service, but cable companies and telcos don’t want to be required to keep customers connected through long power outages.
While copper telephone lines can keep working through outages by drawing power from a telco’s central office, the old lines are going out of favor because they can’t provide Internet speeds as fast as cable or fiber. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service delivered over the newer networks stops working as soon as the power goes out.
The FCC thus opened a proceeding to determine whether Internet providers that offer voice service should have to offer backup power systems.
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