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March 01, 2004
Clay on VOIP
A couple of excerpts from his latest.
If Plan A is "Replace the phone system slowly and from within," Plan B is far more radical: "Replace the phone system. Period."
...Where Plan A is a fight between incumbent and upstart phone companies, Plan B says that we no more need a phone company than we need a text company.
...telephony is treated as a vice instead of an essential service -- the taxes and surcharges on a phone bill are more in line with the markup on alcohol and tobacco than with gas or air travel.
I think that voice will "tip" away from telephone companies when there is enough wireless Internet access available. If I can get wireless Internet access nearly everywhere, then I can ditch my cell phone and landline phone in favor of an Internet device that happens to be able to handle voice.
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