VOIP Regulation For Dummies

Passmore, David
September 2004
Business Communications Review;Sep2004, Vol. 34 Issue 9, p14
Trade Publication
The article focuses on mobile communications. Some state public utility commissions want to force VOIP providers lo at least make the "home" addresses of customers available, but this obviously doesn't solve the problem as people travel. Another technical approach is to put global positioning system receivers into VOIP phones or phone adapters, but this ignores all the PDAs, videoconferencing systems, laptops, softphones, IM software and even games that increasingly include VOIP capabilities. The ability of cellular base stations or new wireless LAN access points to "triangulate" user locations also won't suffice; this cannot determine the locations are wired network users, such as softphone-equipped laptops connected to hotel Ethernet services, or simply phone adapters that have been moved.


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