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CALinnovates and California-Based Tech Groups Ask FCC to Speed Modernization of Nation's Communications Networks



 CALinnovates and California-Based Tech Groups Ask FCC to Speed Modernization
                     of Nation's Communications Networks

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013

Comment supports petition seeking national conversation on speeding up
transition to all-IP based networks with beta trials to measure consumer
benefits

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CALinnovates, a tech
advocacy organization, along with eight other California-based tech groups --
Alphabird, Appallicious, At The Pool, Avetta, iSideWith, Lex Machina,
MySocialCloud, and the Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council -- have
jointly filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
expressing support for a petition currently pending at the Commission.

The petition, submitted last year by AT&T, asks the FCC to work with the
private sector to begin geographically-limited beta tests to examine the
complex technical and policy issues associated with the transition away from
existing legacy voice networks to modern IP-based networks. The guidelines
provided in the petition propose a framework that will allow the private
sector and the government to address the operational, technical and policy
issues related to the transition to new IP-based networks in an open and
transparent process.  

"Startups in-and-around Silicon Valley need reliable, forward-looking
high-speed networks to deliver for our customers," said Chase Norlin, CEO of
Alphabird. "Supporting the rapid development of communications infrastructure
will allow us to maintain a free and open Internet, encourage private
investment, and support innovation and free flowing ideas."

"Existing regulations mandate continued investment in outdated, 20^th century
networks that consumers are using less and less," said CALinnovates Executive
Director Mike Montgomery.  "Old school networks can't offer the infrastructure
needed for seamless communication of voice, data, video, and Internet
applications among various devices." 

Montgomery continued, "This petition is a first step in determining how the
FCC and the private sector can work together to upgrade the country's
communications infrastructure beyond the limited capabilities of networks
designed for voice-only communication.  The new communications ecosystem no
longer operates solely through telephone companies.  This filing is about
updating a regulatory environment that promotes access to new technologies,
protects consumers, and enhances our economic productivity."

"The beta trials deploying IP-enabled networks will help accelerate the
evolution of technology and drive increased connectivity and innovation, while
fostering immense capital investment," said Montgomery.  "Investing in
stronger and faster IP networks will provide substantial benefits to consumers
and businesses nationwide ranging from job creation to greater access to
education, healthcare, training, and public safety."

SOURCE CALinnovates

Contact: Mike Montgomery, +1-415-494-8626, mike@calinnovates.org
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