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The Telecom Digest for January 12, 2012
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Some unanswered questions from January 2011 (Telecom Digest Moderator)

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Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 02:42:35 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <redacted@invalid.telecom.csail.mit.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Some unanswered questions from January 2011 Message-ID: <20120112074235.GA7371@telecom.csail.mit.edu> I came across this post from January 1st of 2011, and I'm republishing it, since I'd like to see more discussion on this topic. John Levine answered Sam with some detail, and I'll add some more questions to John's original post, but VoIP remains a "Black Box" to me and so I'm seeking some more info. I'd add a couple of questions to Sam's original: 1. Why is Comcast's "VoIP" offering so bad? It's got reserved bandwidth, a fatter pipe, and the advantage of a closed system that has known, well-documented interfaces at both ends. What went wrong? 2. What did the "1995 Caller ID decision" involve? Was it ever resolved? Bill Horne Moderator ----- Forwarded message from Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> ----- To: redacted@invalid.moderators.isc.org Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 01:28:13 -0800 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> Subject: Re: Happy New Year! Telecom Digest Moderator wrote: > Thank you all for your support and help in 2010. I appreciate your > suggestions and kind words more than I can say, and I'm going to > use your advice to improve this publication as much as I can in 2011. > > Here are my resolutions for the new year: > 1. We'll have more information about VoIP and other non-traditional > technologies. > > 2. I'll add more to our archives about the networks, technologies, and > management of both the Bell System and of other companies. > 3. I'll seek out and publish opinions from industry leaders. > > Happy New Year! > > Bill > Happy New Year, Bill. I would be especially eager to learn how Vonage really works. It's all a mystery to me. Sure, I undersand the transmission method, but I don't have a clue about how they "switch" calls and how they interface into the PSTN. I recall the suits where Verizon (I believe) seriously challenged Vonage for a time, based on Vonage's violation of Verizon patents, or something like that. Clearing the air on Vonage and VoIP would be great. Another interesting subject would be the history of how strong the FCC was in the 1995 Caller ID decision, then in subsequent years have seem to lost interest in maintaining the integrity of Caller ID delivery and they never did address the reserved PBX component of the original decision. ----- End forwarded message ----- -- Bill Horne Moderator
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