TITLE

The Murky World Of VOIP

PUB. DATE
October 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Oct2004, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information about Voice over IP (VOIP). VOIP is about as much a sure thing as death and taxes, but the certainty about its ultimate victory is one thing; the form and direction it will take is very much another. The big wave of interest in VOIP came in the bubble period. As the wave of Internet hype crested, there was both a logical and a cynical reason to look to voice service evolution as a driver for IP deployment. The big problem with the idea of proactive migration of voice to IP was that there was still a lot of voice infrastructure out there that would have to be written down. Both the regional Bell operating companies and the cable companies know that wireless threaten the value of their copper paths to the home. Both have decided to revalue and differentiate their offerings by including a broadband data element. The interexchange carriers (IXCs), with no copper of their own, focused on getting RBOC access and local service at greatly reduced prices so they could mark them up and earn profit beyond what their own long-distance services could earn. When the DC Court of Appeals killed off UNE-P, the IXCs all realized that their original bundle of local and LD was gone.
ACCESSION #
14728201

 

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