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Security Company Asks FCC To Keep Analog Lights On

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Oct 6, 2006, 3:15 PM   by (staff)

Updated. ADT, the home security company, has asked the FCC to extend the deadline for carriers to turn off their analog networks until 2010. The FCC has, for many years, been working with carriers to keep analog service on until February 18, 2008, at which point it will then be cleared for new uses. ADT security systems use the analog cellular networks to communicate with their control centers. ADT says they have not been able to to upgrade customers' systems to a GSM or CDMA network yet because there is a lack of equipment, and that even if the systems are available soon in large quantities, they will need at least two additional years to upgrade over 1 million customers. Carriers, however, have moved the overwhelming majority of subscribers to digital networks already, and are concerned about the cost of keeping analog networks online for longer than planned.

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Oct 9, 2006, 5:06 PM

They need to keep it on!

AMPS is still used frequently in the US and digital is just not there yet! I frequently need to use analog for rural areas where being able to make a call matters most. My car depends on analog for telemetry services. The cost to build the network has already been recouped years ago. 2 more years won't kill the wireless companies!
I agree.

I live in a place that still isn't covered by digital service (yes, yes), so having AMPS coverage is priceless.

When digital coverage equals or exceeds that of analog, then they can shut it down if they want. But until that day, shutti...
I'm not sure when the FCC said that the cell companies can do away with the analog lines, but it has been a long time. With the money that the companies are spending on keeping the old analog running, new towers and upgrades can be installed instead....
The cost of keeping analog is tremendous in many formats. One is the amount of revenue companies like Verizon and Cingular and Sprint for that matter who are trying to offer 3G to the whole US like the Europeans are doing but can't until spectrum is c...

Oct 7, 2006, 1:23 AM

Oh great...

...I'll be cowering in the shadows of my home holding my shotgun while some crook rummages through my stuff. ADT better get their act together.
Yeah this is crazy. Its not like the demise of analog hasn't been coming for years now...

Now they want the rest of the world to be inconvenienced and hold off whatever great new things we could use that spectrum for.

Oct 6, 2006, 3:27 PM

a laughable excuse

they have not been able to to upgrade customers' systems to a GSM or CDMA network yet because there is a lack of equipment

the real reason: they never tried to upgrade customers, and who would want to considering what they charge for these units. But to say there is a lack of gsm/cdma chipsets Laughing is all i have to say. maybe a lack of R+D to put those non-analog chips into their units is to blame - but c'mon whose fault is this?
It's inconceivable that a company could be this ignorant of the progress of technology. I can't imagine it's very easy to just create a whole new range of devices, but it can't be very difficult either - they'll probably just have to commission some ...
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