FCC Requires Voice Back-Up Power Option

The FCC has voted to require facilities-based fixed-voice services providers -- including cable operators -- to offer backup power options at point of sale, though backup power is not mandated.

The move is part of the IP tech transition from copper-based phone service that had its own power source and did not go down when the power goes out.

Carriers must initially provide an 8-hour backup option, with a second, 24-hour option, offered after three years.

Providers must offer installation, and must annually notify subscribers of the availability, and limitations, of the options; notifications are to include information on needed maintenance and use, self-testing, warranty details and more.

Carriers will have flexibility on how to provide that notice, the FCC said.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.