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Still Battery Powered

5:30 PM -- What do the early days of POTS telephone service and new FTTP services have in common? Kermit Ross of Millennium Marketing recently pointed out at the IEEE monthly meeting in Austin that both technologies required batteries at the customer premises.

Ross wonders: Have we really come that far if there's still a chance that the phones (and now Internet and TV service) could go dead if the batteries aren't changed regularly?

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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