Federal Agencies Face the End of Traditional Telephone Lines

FCC okays exchange carriers shutting down aging infrastructure.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in August of this year, approved the retirement of outdated copper telephone service lines by telecommunications carriers. Now, federal agencies, such as the U.S. Mint, need to make changes not just to telephone infrastructure, but to systems such as fire and security alarms or elevators.

Industry officials say that aging back-end systems are at increased cyber risk as they become increasingly isolated. Agencies will begin receiving disconnect notices and must transition away from legacy technology to voice over internet protocol and other modern technology.

IT Specialist at the U.S. Mint at West Point, Jason Mervyn, stated, “One of the most important directives I have is to make sure things stay up. You don’t want to suddenly not get dial tone, and in keeping with that, we have to make sure that the Mint has the best redundancy and stability and the ability to continue operations as possible.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Ventris Gibson as she heads the U.S. Mint.
  • For federal IT personnel as they work to modernize the communications infrastructure of government agencies.

Sources: Federal News Network, Executive Biz

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