That whole FCC E-911 thing was to save the PSTN. Cell phones have been
around 10 years without 911.
The other VOIP concern are the Virtual NXX cases at the FCC.
If SBC wins it's virtual NXX case against Valor (?? maybe another
company), the charges for DID will go through the roof.
Virtual NXX is how you are able to have a number outside your rate center.
Brian Webster wrote:
I might be inclined to say it may be a loser in the future. I just read an
article in a Telco trade magazine that announced a software package that can
sniff SIP packets and give real time information for billing based on an IBM
server. In that same article they talked about how they could limit or stop any
SIP traffic from any provider if they wanted, but the thing that caught my eye
was how they mentioned they could tell things like termination points and
delivery charges. This is just like the current Telco model. If they start
pushing VOIP to a typical Telco model (and they should from their point of view
to level the playing field and raise the cost of doing VOIP) then the
regulatory and call delivery costs will go up and the cost benefit starts to go
down. It is an interesting point of view and worth keeping an eye on. The way
they were able to shove the 911 thing down the VOIP operators throats in such
short order makes me wonder if they won't do the same thing with termination
charges based on IP and packets like they do with copper now.
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