I tend to believe that a generator will be a priority piece of home equipment from here on out. You can't stop the future.I work in a central office for a very large telecommunications company. We run generators to continuously provide service. Switching to fiber optics means there is no span power. The consumer would be completely responsible for powering their equipment. This can be done with commercial power, home generators, or backup batteries in equipment. Cell Towers have back up batteries and some automatic generators on reserve. It's not unrealistic to expect consumers to provide their own power on these devices. It has to be this way. When POTS becomes deregulated VOIP will soon be your only option.
Other thoughts; if the copper is removed completely we will lose all payphones as they are span powered. You should own a cell phone.
While I have no problems with government regulation, you make some good points. I would like to add that it's highly unlikely any of the regulation Wheeler has implemented or is proposing would be needed if the residential communications markets had true competition. It's going to be very difficult to regulate the involved companies into providing sufficient services at affordable prices without it. However, the telecomms will adamantly fight the deregulation of their markets that would allow competition.I just wish the government would stay away from everything except litigation and disputes.
Everytime they come up with soemthing it goes horribly wrong, and someone at the top gets very rich at the expense of everyone else.
It looks like they want to improved everything right? Here is what it actually means:
First, ever company that has invested in copper based telecommunications will be screwed. Their investment is basically gonna evaporate.
Second: Government will sign it, so it will also give "subsidies" to the companies that agree to replace the copper with fiber+backup.
This subsidy, paid by the tax payer, will then we returned to the government in the form of taxation of the new services as well as donations for political campaigns.
Every new company that wants to start and compete will also have no chance, as their costs will be higher (due to no subsidy), and since fiber is so expensive to expand, it will decrease the chances of competition, creating a government subsidized monopoly.
This might sound far fetched for some of you, but its been done countless times, you only need to read a little bit of economical history to see it happen.
Now you can understand why the guys at the photo are smiling: They want to pass a law that takes yor money, and gives it to them.