AT&T and NTCA have asked the Commission to open a proceeding to facilitate the telephone industry’s ongoing transition from legacy, time-division multiplexed (“TDM”) networks to next-generation Internet Protocol (“IP”) networks.  The AT&T and NTCA petitions are measured and cautious, but the technological and competitive changes that have precipitated their request are truly momentous, and they will shape the future of telecommunications and its regulation.  We applaud the Commission for seeking comments on the petitions, as well as for creating the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force.

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