I know quite a few folks running Asterisk open source PBX at home on an old and crappy spare PC. They all swear by it, and wouldn't give it up for the world. You just can't beat being able to use any kind of device to make calls (PC, VoIP phone, etc.). And I haven't even touched on what one can do if you know a little scripting (to say automated message routing is an understatement) or voicemail etc. Set it up, pick your provider, and you're set. In fact, many of them seem to have caught Tivo-itus ('we must tell everyone about this'). VoIP protocols are extremely low bandwidth, I don't see what the impact is -- there is more impact on these networks from people downloading porn. In fact due to the fact that packets are stuffed in the trunking mechanism, two plus calls are exponentially less in bandwidth. Having two calls going in less than 30kbits is possible. And for your friends who have their own PBX running, direct connect with no charge no matter where they are. www.asterisk.org for more info. Oh, I'd *love* to know how this could be regulated. The most they could regulate would be to enforce a guaranteed uptime percentage across the board for DSL and Cablemodem users. Anything more is madness, since opensource is so widespread. If you regulate something that people don't like, they will just change the code. Sorry for getting off on a tangent. :) Cheers Kon Manfredi, Albert E wrote: > Wow. I'm not sure how to read this. > > On the one hand, VoIP should be controlled with more > precision by the FCC, just as the telephone lifeline service > is. If someone uses VoIP as their phone service, it makes > no objective sense for the FCC to regulate it less than it > regulates the traditional telco telephone service (in terms > of four or five nines reliability, uninterrupted service > during power outages, and so on). > > But that would be an extra burden to data ISPs, primarily > those using the cable TV broadband nets, who want to start > offering telephone service. It would mean providing power > over their cables, or perhaps providing individual UPS > units to each subscriber and to each of their system > nodes? > > What Powell says seems to be that regulations which now > govern telephone service will not apply to VoIP > regulations. Rather, VoIP should be treated like any IP > service. So if some people think Powell favored the big > telcos by not forcing them to share their local loop, here > he's favoring the cable TV systems, or so it would appear. > > Seems to me that if VoIP telephony is regulated like web > browsing, perhaps the traditional telephone service should > also be freed from its stringent requirements. > > A few years ago, at one of the IETF meetings, Vint Cerf > himself got up and said that the Internet will have > arrived when people can trust it as they do their > telephone. I'm not sure, but maybe this will come true > the other way around. That is, by degrading the telephone > service to equal their ISP connection? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.