TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Vonage Complaining of VOIP Blocking

Re: Vonage Complaining of VOIP Blocking
Thu, 17 Feb 2005 05:55:16 -0800

Marcus Didius Falco wrote:

> Recall that all or almost all telephone companies permit you to block
> certain calls based on caller ID or the lack thereof. The carrier
> cannot initiate any control over the content, but they can certainly
> aid the customer in controlling the content of messages or classes of
> message.

> In other words, if Fox provides customer with filters, and provides
> them with instruction, that's fine, provided the customer must opt-in
> to using the filter. It would have no effect on Fox's status as a
> common carrier.

You're right *provided* the end user has control over, and a
reasonable understand of, the use of the filter. I think the Vonage
complaint is about some ISPs simply blocking the service from reaching
all of the blocking ISP's customers, without each customers express
and perhaps occasional permission.

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