POTS – plain old telephone service
Short for p lain o ld t elephone s ervice, which refers to the standard telephone service that most homes use. In contrast, telephone services based on high-speed, digital communications lines, such as ISDN and FDDI. are not POTS. The main distinctions between POTS and non-POTS services are speed and bandwidth. POTS is generally restricted to about 52 Kbps (52,000 bits per second).
The POTS network is also called the public switched telephone network (PSTN) .
POTS should not be confused with pot. an abbreviation of potentiometer .
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