Well, when AT&T submitted comments regarding the issue to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last December, POTS and the PSTN got more than ushered. They got a great big shove in that direction.
Not surprisingly, the security industry reacted with cautionary words regarding the technologies’ fate and AT&T’s desire to expedite their simultaneous demises. After all, POTS and the PSTN have served as a bridge for electronic security systems since the 1970s. And while the industry’s dependence on them today is significantly less than what it once was, it would still face serious ramifications were POTS and the PSTN to be spontaneously mothballed.
In fact, the transition to Broadband has been going on for some time, chairman of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) Lou Fiore told SDM. Fiore doesn’t question that IP/Broadband is the way of the future for the alarm industry. And he said that the potential that it offers in the kind of data it can transmit is very exciting for the industry. But the conversion doesn’t come without reservations, depending mainly on how it is accomplished.