Security Company Asks FCC To Keep Analog Lights On
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.
They need to keep it on!
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...
Now they want the rest of the world to be inconvenienced and hold off whatever great new things we could use that spectrum for.
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 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?