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February 25, 2004
Why is VOIP a Business?
Here's a dumb question. Why is voice over IP a business? I mean, email over IP is not a business. Web over IP is not a business. Video over IP is not a business. Why is voice over IP a business?
Clearly, some people think it's a business.
The company expects to have 1 million businesses and homes signed up by the end of 2005, said Cathy Martine, AT&T senior vice president of voice Internet services and consumer product management.
But if I have an Internet connection already, then why do I need to pay extra to send voice bits over it?
I mean, if you've developed a hack that routes voice bits to a telephone, then bully for you. But why don't you just sell me some equipment that takes advantage of that hack, rather than make me pay you $35 a month to use it?
Maybe AT&T's angle is a "quality of service" guarantee, using their proprietary network. Otherwise, I can't see getting the monthly fee to stick.
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