Over the course of the last decade, telecommunications providers have been gradually transitioning from time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Internet Protocol (IP) technology as a way of delivering telecommunications traffic. Despite their small size and the significant cost of migrating to new technology, the transition is well underway for small, rural local exchange carriers across the country, and has been for some time.
As this transition continues, it will be important that all consumers are protected and that rural consumers are not left on the wrong side of a digital divide. The FCC is currently conducting a series of trials in rural areas in an attempt to determine what effects an all-IP network will have on consumers.
The TDM-to-IP transition will only benefit rural consumers, businesses and anchor institutions if they have access to high-quality broadband. Continuing to support broadband buildout in rural areas is fundamental to a successful transition.
FCC Rural Broadband Experiments Webpage – latest announcements, FAQs and other information
FCC’s Report, Order, and FNPRM on the Rural Broadband Experiments – released 7.14.15
FCC’s Order, Report and Order and FNPRM, etc. on TDM-IP Transition Trials – released 1.31.14
- WTA Comments on Rural Broadband Experiments FNPRM – filed 4.1.14
- WTA, NTCA, NECA, and ERTA Reply Comments on Rural Broadband Experiments FNPRM – filed 4.14.14
FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force Workshop – 5.18.13
FCC’s Public Notice on IP Transition trials – released 5.10.13
- WTA Comments on IP Transition trials Public Notice – filed 7.8.13
FCC’s Public Notice establishing pleading cycle for AT&T and NTCA petitions on IP Transition – released 12.14.12