AT&T’s decision to retire its copper landlines in California has sparked public debate, but the implications extend far beyond state lines. This shift reflects a global trend among telecom giants, marking the dawn of a new digital era.

In the United States alone, estimates suggest anywhere from 35 to 100 million copper POTS lines remain operational, a significant portion serving businesses. However, maintaining these outdated copper networks has become increasingly costly and unreliable. The gradual deterioration of infrastructure over the past decade has pushed maintenance costs to unsustainable levels, prompting telecom providers to seek more efficient alternatives.

The transition away from copper lines aligns with broader digital transformations across industries. Just as neglecting critical physical infrastructure poses risks, maintaining outdated IT infrastructure comes with its own dangers. Despite significant federal investments in infrastructure, the transition away from copper wire remains overlooked.

Embracing this change heralds a more cost-effective, resilient, and reliable telecommunications landscape. This shift is particularly crucial for businesses, building owners, and local authorities responsible for critical systems like elevators and alarms. The need for Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) transformation is clear, ensuring uninterrupted communication vital for business continuity, security, and regulatory compliance.

Enterprises across commercial and government sectors have already reaped the benefits of this digital transformation, saving millions in telecom costs while enhancing the reliability of lifeline services and offering enhanced connectivity and failover protection.

The time to embrace this digital transition is now. Continuing to maintain obsolete technology is not only costly but also risks compromising vital communications infrastructure. By embracing digital alternatives, we pave the way for a more resilient and connected future.

Contact us today if you would like to discuss replacement options for your POTS lines for elevators, alarms, fax machines, etc.