Blame it on Overpaid Operators
Overcoming the conspiracy against VoIP; power communication; big storage gets littler.Ive been reading about and following the emergence of VoIP (Voice over IP) services since their inception and have also seen various voice-over-the-Internet initiatives come and go. The investment in those expensive old phone switches and the desire of phone companies to keep them running are the biggest of many roadblocks to the full implementation of VoIP. If you wonder why DSL services have often deteriorated, it is because good DSL invites VoIP. Bad DSL, on the contrary, keeps it at bay. This, to me, explains the fact that cable modems have continued to hold and even gain in market share. If you read the literature, you will see that concerns over FCC regulations regarding the linking of VoIP to the PSTN (public switched telephone network) are also keeping VoIP from moving quickly. Maybe its time to set up a second tier of services that has nothing to do with the PSTN. If you want to call someone on a PSTN system, then use a cell phone. If computer users all agreed on a set standard for PC/Internet-based phone services, most of us could easily connect for free, especially if quality-of-service protocols were implemented. Just a thought.
Much of the concern always centers around the 911 red herring. When I was a kid, there was no 911 service. We called the cops directly. For other kinds of emergencies, wed dial zero (even easier than 911) and tell the operator to get an ambulance or whatever was required. Somewhere along the way, the operators started earning too much money and had to be downsized. Now theyre in Bangalore. Id love to look into the history of 911 services, because I suspect they were implemented to save money, not as a real public service.