If consumers must migrate from POTS to a NGN (IP-centric) replacement, what are the net consequences in terms of consumers’ out of pocket costs, as well as network QOS, availability, reliability and scalability?
Can wireless networks accommodate the complete off loading of wireline traffic? Would this offloading exacerbate spectrum scarcity?
If incumbents continue to rely on wireline plant, e.g., U-verse, do they gain deregulation without conferring much upside consumer benefits? For example most carriers offer unmetered (All You Can Eat") wireline service at about $20 a month, but metered wireless service costs 2 or 3 times as much.