The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is kick-starting data collection initiatives that will allow both the commission and the public to evaluate how customers are affected by the historic technology transitions that are transforming our nation’s voice communications services – from a network based on time-division multiplexed (TDM) circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to an all-Internet Protocol (IP) network using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure (generally referred to as the IP Transition). To help evaluate and accelerate the IP Transition, the FCC is exploring ways to evaluate its current data gathering efforts, extend them as appropriate, and obtain a more comprehensive factual account of the transition and how it is impacting network values. In particular, data that deepen the understanding of how the transition is affecting consumers will enrich the ongoing public dialogue about how the FCC may best advance these transitions while ensuring that consumers and enduring values -- public safety, ubiquitous and affordable access, competition, and consumer protection -- are protected. The FCC expects the data will both expand the scope of the discussion as new challenges are brought to the table, and keep the FCC on track by taking off the table issues based solely on unfounded concerns that sometimes arise in an informational vacuum. The FCC seeks public input of four principles to guide its data collection and three distinct ways to enhance the its collection data efforts related to the IP Transition.