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VoIP Switch - AT&T's Proposed Trial to Expand Opportunities for VoIP

March 06, 2014


Trial activities in the telecommunications space are nothing new. After all, it’s a high revenue area with new innovations hitting the market on a consistent basis, and providers need to be sure their new developments work as promised.

AT&T (News - Alert) has nominated Carbon Hill, Alabama as the potential trial site to test their latest voice over IP technology. The multi-year trial will be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and will help guide the communications giant in the process of developing new processes and products that will benefit the market.

These new developments are expected to be used to seamlessly complete AT&T’s Internet-based network throughout the country. The FCC (News - Alert) recently requested that companies submit proposals to conduct trials in areas where services and connections could be rolled out within a community and then offered to customers. The AT&T proposal is in response to this announcement. It’s also on par with the federal government’s efforts to extend expanded communications and high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved areas of the country.

AT&T has framed the move as essential to ensure all businesses and consumers have the opportunity and ability to connect to a high-quality network. The goal is to assure customers that regardless of outside forces, they can rely on IP telephony to stay safe and connected. This trial is expected to shore up the communications future of Carbon Hill, while also preserving the values of reliability, future competition, public safety and ultimately, consumer protection.

The growing demand for VoIP is obvious throughout the country. While VoIP has been available for many years, the latest investments by major players like AT&T are the ones laying the groundwork for mass adoption. It enables companies and consumers alike to take advantage of such innovations as distance learning, telemedicine, instant online shopping and more.

The move thus support the ongoing all IP transition, driven by the FCC. For Carbon Hill, it means consumers there will have access to technologies not readily available in other locations. They will also play a critical role in the design and roll-out of new offerings that can meet needs not yet identified. It’s definitely an exciting time for the city and the future of VoIP communications. 

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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Accounts Overview
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On-Net Routing
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