Thursday, April 21, 2005

Blocking VoIP Calls: Foreboding Harbinger or Benign Fluke?

Background
via Stephen Downes' OLDaily.
The nation of Qatar has already started cracking down on what it calls "illegal VoIP" (Voice over IP) and there are signs that this trend is spreading as some U.S. carriers have already attempted to block voice traffic, citing it as unfair competition.


Once upon a time, on a sunny evening with a distant rainbow in the east, sitting on the wet green lawn near the roses, Albert and Trebla went into an argument AGAIN...

Trebla: Stupid move, Telco!

Albert: I'm glad you finally side with me. As said by Stephen, I "don't see what's unfair about using technological innovation to provide the same service at a lower cost".

Trebla: Oh, brother, you missed my point. I am saying that Telco's strategy of protecting their business is wrong.

Albert: What do you meant protecting their business. It is a clear case of "cartel, copyright, patent and trade legislation to support otherwise unprofitable business methods".

Trebla: Any business has the right to survive. After all, shareholders invest in a business to make money. Nothing more and nothing less.

Albert: Well, the USA FCC has made a decision to fine Madison River Communications $15K for blocking Vonage's internet traffic. [as cited by Garret Sern's blog]

Trebla: That's why I said the Telcos have made a stupid move.

Albert: What do you mean?

Trebla: Hey, they should have copied the RIAA's strategy. First, they should create an image in the public that Voice over IP is an act of thief. Stealing their legal rights to provide telephone service. Then, lobby the government to introduce laws to prohibit anyone stealing their rights. Then they start blocking IP packages and take actions. Given the size of the Telco, I just think the CEO's are just dumb!

Albert: How can you make sure that such laws can be passed?

Trebla: Ha, Ha. There is a will, there is a way. Human are weak! These Telcos donate so such money to the political parties. Don't you think it is undoable!

Albert: Brother, you are thinking illegal tactics again.

Trebla: Survival for the fittest! It is a free world, remember? Ha Ha...

2 Comments:

Blogger LongDistanceT1 said...

"Albert: I'm glad you finally side with me. As said by Stephen, I "don't see what's unfair about using technological innovation to provide the same service at a lower cost" the problem is people have jobs at these telephone companys, and when u provide a cheaper service your taking outta one mouth and putting into the mouths of others.Can potentially hurt stocks and lively hoods of those who put yrs into those companys looking foward to retirement ,instead waiting for the companys to close and deny pensions.

LongDistance-T1.com

29 May, 2006 11:59  
Blogger pinky said...

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^_^
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30 October, 2007 13:57  

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