Did you hear that POTS (plain old telephone service) lines are going away at a rapid pace? Why is that? In 2019, the FCC issued Order 19-72A1 which allowed service providers in the US to stop selling and maintaining copper telephone lines if they chose to do so. The FCC now reports that action caused the number of U.S. POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) lines to decline from 122 million in 2010 to about 36 million in 2021.
In the past all telephone services were hard-wired to copper lines. In addition to providing phone service for businesses and home the lines also served in other ways. Phones in elevators, fax machines, fire alarms and more. The benefit was, even if the electrical power was out, the phone would still operate in the elevator or for the fire or security alarm.
The industry has changed a great deal over the past decade with new technologies like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and fixed wireless, leading to fewer choices for POTS lines, hence driving up the cost for old school technology even more, sometimes as much as double or triple.
There are multiple reasons for businesses to transition from the old to the new, such as VoIP phones. Cost efficiency, remote-friendly and scalable are just three.
If your business is still using POTS lines, it is a good time to move on, before your phone bill goes up, again. Keep in mind, the new systems are operated via a dedicated wireless network. And support your needs such as following:
- Security Alarm Panels
- Building Entry Phones
- Fire Alarm Panels
- Essential Phone Lines*
- Elevator Phones
- Fax Machines
- Public Safety Phones
- Point-Of-Sale Systems
*Subject to certain restrictions.
BOTTOM LINE WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS?
Value: You’ll save money on your monthly phone bill
Backup Battery: Most keep operating for a number of hours during power failures
Flexible Deployment Options: The systems can be configured to provide LTE failover for mission-critical VoIP lines.
Life-safety compliant: Built as an MFVN-compliant network so traffic doesn’t traverse the public internet.
All-inclusion solution: Hardware, data service, and phone service from one solution provider; “no surprises” monthly rates.
Don’t wait; this is the kind of decision better made sooner rather than later. Call Inverse Technology Solutions today to talk about the best solution for your unique business needs. We’ll help you get rid of those “plain old telephone service” lines. 800-854-2444 or visit our website, www.inversetech.com for more information.