Qwest VoIP will do well here. We Portlanders are early adopters. In terms of broadband penetration, we've been one of the nation's most wired cities for the last several years.
There's onesection in the article I have to take issue with, however. Oregonian writer Mike Rogoway says that VoIP requires "technical know-how." Some, yea, but it really isn't that hard. Not as hard as Janco Partners analyst Donna Jaegers seems to think it is. She is quoted as saying, "'You're going to have to read through the manual to see how everything operates. Most people just want to pick up the phone and get a dial tone.'"
True, it would be great if everything worked that way, but at this point, there is enough of a base of people who are comfortable enough with technology to give VoIP a nice boost. I mean, if you can hook up a DVD player or a TiVo, you ought to be able to figure out how to get your router hooked up and its mojo working.
If you have broadband, you may just have a router already.
Sorry, Donna. It ain't that hard to hook up VoIP. Although I don't recommend not reading through the manual, you don't have to.