Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS Lines) was the original telephone service and is the one most familiar to the 40 +. It is the traditional two-wire analog-based telephone service. Frequently it is the least complicated service to get installed, has the highest quality and is the least (or close to it) expensive on a monthly basis.
Additionally, POTS service is the only telephone service to have a legal basis of privacy as long as the connection is entirely by wired service with no wireless extensions or mobile phones (which are legally radios) involved. Another advantage of POTS is that the carrier (provider) provides the power so that if the end user (the customer) loses power, due to a storm or other reason, the phone system is available as long as the lines are connected. This is because POTS phone companies are required to have generators in their Central Offices.
Further, POTS is frequently the service that can be most quickly installed with a two-week interval between paperwork completion and installation simply because there are so many available copper circuits that can be used or reused so that frequently only links have to be installed (there is always an exception to the rule).
Moreover, there are some situations where POTS is desired. Fax lines, elevator lines, and emergency phone lines are among them. Fax lines because not all digital lines support fax or do not support it for any volume; any emergency lines because of the power issue. In some cases, Local codes require POTS lines for emergency use. In other cases, companies may require certain remote workers to have POTS for security reasons, or knowing that POTS lines are among the highest priority lines to be repaired after a disaster, users may want them for the speed of recovery which lends itself to business and life continuity.
The alternative to POTS is digital service. This is called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and can be provided in a number of ways. The first of two common methods is that the provider installs a circuit (cable or fiber) and routes the signal of a telephone-like service. They may combine the voice service with Internet access and television service and the provider is responsible for the quality of the signal. The other common method is that the provider runs the telephone like signal “Over the Top” of somebody else’s line that is already providing Internet access to the user’s site. In this configuration, the provider has no control over the quality of the service.
OSSTelco can provide access to multiple telephone service providers so long as it is available in your area (POTS is no longer available in some areas).
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