There was much hoopla surrounding the release of this year’s 376-page National Broadband Plan from the FCC – the comprehensive plan covered issues from education to public safety to energy management to transferring medical records via the internet. Harder to find in the document is a treatment of traditional copper phone lines – the same phone lines that over 90% of today’s alarm systems use to communicate an alarm to the central station. Although only 25% of US homes have a monitored alarm system, the fact that so many (over 10 million systems, by most accounts) still rely on a copper phone line is a big challenge to the alarm industry service providers.
What is even more interesting (to the folks here at FrontPoint) is the fact that prior to the FCC plan being issued, AT&T had already petitioned the FCC to drop the requirements for maintaining these traditional phone lines, and went so far as to request a deadline from the FCC for completely phasing them out. Here is a link to an article on the AT&T petition:
Depending on whose statistics you read, copper phone lines are disappearing at a fantastic rate – several hundred thousand per month, which translates to millions per year. In their place are homes that are cell-only, or homes that use VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol”). It makes sense that FrontPoint would be all over this news, since we are the leader in 100% interactive, wireless security systems. Every day new customers find us who are worried about an intruder cutting their phone line, and who are getting rid of their local phone line – they need a 100% cellular solution, and FrontPoint is the only alarm company in the US to provide this !00% of the time.
In many cases people can offset their monitoring fees by getting rid of a copper line. When you throw in the discounts on homeowner insurance for a monitored alarm system, especially if you opt for fire monitoring, it just makes sense to select cellular monitoring. And when it comes to peace of mind, it’s great to know that a burglar with a $5 pair of wire cutters can’t take out your alarm system. Some recent offerings in the home alarm arena rely on the VOIP connection, which is just as vulnerable as a copper phone line.
So, go cellular! It’s not just safer: it is the future!