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POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)

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POTS is the analog telephone service that runs over copper twisted-pair wires and is based on the original Bell telephone system. Twisted-pair wires connect homes and businesses to a neighborhood central office. This is called the local loop. The central office is connected to other central offices and long-distance facilities. See "Telecommunications and Telephone Systems" and the other related links next.

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