Get ready for IP Internet access via cordless phones. One such solution, detailed today by CNET News' Ben Charny,involves loading Skype Net phone softwareinto a Siemens-manufactured adapter for cordless phones.
Russell Shaw's blog describes the emerging world of converged content, plus the Internet and mobile carriers, devices and services that sell and distribute this content to enterprises and consumers.
It's not thatI am not pro-VoIP. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be here.
I'm not a reflexive Microsoft hater. In fact, I'm open-minded enough to believe that IP telephony-related products that incorporate various Windows functionalities are both technologically and strategically well-considered.
When articles about VoIP appear in daily newspapers, those of us who know what VoIP is are tempted to say, "oh well, another article for the uninformed masses."You know what?
I've spent most of today reading the text of today's critical FCC decision determining that VoIP services such as Vonage's DigitalVoice are not subject to traditional state public utility oversight.The FCC believes that because customers of DigitalVoice and similar services can use their phones from a broadband connection anywhere on the planet, it is next to impossible to determine whether a VoIP call is local, interstate or even inernational.
To the angst of state regulators and budget-balancers but to the delight of the IP telephony industry, the FCC has just declared Vonages high-speed VoIP phone service interstate in nature. The ruling, which was widely anticipated,shields Vonage from state regulations such as certification and rate structures.
I've just received an e-mail from a source at VoicePulse, one of the major broadband IP service providers. It furnishes specific perspective on Ben Charney's piece in CNET News.
I have it on the word of key VoIP industry insider Jeff Pulver -- that consistent with the expectations of industry watchers --the FCC will issue a ruling later today that prohibits states from "imposing economic regulations" on services such as Vonage. In fact, the insider'sPR representatives have sent me a comment on the ruling.
Sprint CEO Gary Forsee both anticipates and hopesthat tomorrow's FCChearing on Vonage's petition to free that company from state regulation will help define the regulatory environment for VoIP and other advanced telephony services.Talking with reporters after a Yankee Group conference on telecommunications, Forsee said that "VoIP needs to be dealt with very quickly by the FCC," and urged the FCC to "make some declaratory rulings reasonably quickly.
Today's Wall Street Journal article entitled "Cable Titans Discuss Offering Cellular Services, Intensifying Foray Into Telecom's Turf," mentions that several leading cable television providers are discussing a joint venture to offer cellphone services. The article mentions potential market-entry strategies as potentially involving the purchase of an existing cellular operator.