by Ian Nobile
Large incumbent local carriers have decided that it’s cheaper to pay fines instead of maintaining copper POTS (plain old telephone service) lines as mandated by the FCC. This means that any product or device that depends on these copper lines will have its reliability and performance degraded. The future-proof solution is to migrate to devices that support IP based communication.
But which IP based communication method should you choose?
Old analog phone
systems are being replaced with Digital IP based communication systems
Any POTS replacement should offer the following features:
Reliability - Ease of Installation - Cost
Reliability: You don't want to chose a solution that does not provide you with a service when you need it most.
Ease of Installation: A solution that's more complicated than plugging in a RJ-11 line into a jack and checking for dial tone isn't going to be very easy to support and maintain over the life of the device.
Cost: The cost of the IP based solution should be comparable or cheaper than the monthly cost of phone service.
Keep these three features in mind as you search for a replacement for your POTS lines and modem based devices and you’ll be on your way to thriving in this new IP based communication environment we all find ourselves in.