Ohio’s Telecommunications Transition

Jan 26, 2016

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Technology is rapidly evolving and we’re always in a state of catch-up. Now Ohio is taking on a major effort to do just that by establishing a collaborative process for the telecommunications industry to transition and advance its network. Through House Bill 64, the network transition law will require The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to address the Internet-protocol transition.

As part of the bill and pending analyses being conducted by the Federal Communications Commission, providers will be allowed to discontinue basic telephone service so that they can devote resources to progressing their technology. Paired with that change will be a joint effort from PUCO, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, incumbent telephone providers and others to ensure all Ohioans will continue to have access to public safety services, such as 9-1-1, through alternative suppliers. Populations that could be impacted, including the elderly and rural areas, will be identified and safeguards put in places to ensure the continuation of their telephone service.

You can stay on top of the process by attending one of the upcoming meetings at the PUCO office (180 East Broad St, Columbus): January 19 at 1 p.m., February 23, March (TBD). If you have any questions or comments regarding the transition, please contact Anna Conrad at anna@tech4ohio.org.

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