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New Connections: Phone Calls Made Over The Internet Are The Latest Telecom Buzz

October 21, 2003
By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo

For Jon Benfer, switching his phone service to save money was a "no-brainer." But the option he chose surprised his friends and family.

The 34-year-old Minneapolis business coach doesn't use a phone company anymore. Instead, he connected his phone to his broadband cable service last April and began making cheaper phone calls over the Internet.

He uses a high-tech startup from Edison, N.J., called Vonage, which bills itself as "the broadband phone company" but insists it's really just an Internet information service.

Benfer says he sometimes paid $90 to $100 a month for his home phone, which doubled as his business phone, but now he pays only $40 to $46.

"It was a pretty obvious choice," Benfer said. He said his acquaintances "kind of didn't believe it at first, and then they were curious."

A lot more people are curious about Vonage and Internet calling lately. In Minnetonka Wednesday, a local business networking association for technology professionals called NetSuds.com is holding a "telecom policy summit" to discuss whether regulating Internet services like Vonage as phone companies could kill an alternative to traditional phone service just as it is blossoming.

A federal judge in Minneapolis recently said Internet services are untouchable and forced state regulators to back off, but NetSuds.com chief executive Matt Noah is pressing ahead with his summit.

"The reason Internet telephony regulation deserves a fight is because we don't want the U.S. to become overregulated and a Third World country in terms of Internet telephony," he said.

So what is Internet telephony? It started about the mid-1990s as a tool for savvy computer enthusiasts to make free long-distance and international calls by bypassing the phone companies.

Using their computers, they converted voice signals into Internet data packets, and transmitted them over the Internet where they were reassembled on the other end.

Adoption of early versions of this "voice-over-Internet Protocol" stalled on balky software, awkward headsets and tin-can sound quality. But newer services like Vonage require only a high-speed Internet connection and a modem-like device that simply plugs into a regular telephone. Sound and reliability have improved.

Some observers believe Internet telephony is finally ready for prime time. Twenty percent of American Internet users will have broadband in their homes by the end of the year, and Vonage, with 50,000 users nationwide and 500 in Minnesota, is the largest of a handful of consumer-oriented Internet telephony companies that have names like Net2Phone and Skype.

But they've also attracted the interest of various states, led by Minnesota, whose regulators applied an "if-it-looks-like-a-phone-and-talks-like-a-phone" test and concluded Vonage needed to register as phone company.

That is a problem, say experts like Andrew Odlyzko, director of the University of Minnesota's Digital Technology Center and a former manager of the famous Bell research labs.

Voice-over IP cannot comply with some telephone regulations, like providing full 911 emergency service, because unlike traditional phones, Internet phones have no real location, he said. You could take a Vonage phone with a 612 Minneapolis area code to Tokyo, plug into the Internet and make a call to Minneapolis and it would look like a local call, he explained.

Internet phones also fail a requirement to work in power outages like regular phones. A blackout that shuts off a computer will kill an Internet phone as well, Odlyzko said.

Local phone companies worry they're losing money when voice-over-IP services connect with their networks to reach regular phones on the other end but are not billed for the connection like long-distance companies.

"There's so much untagged traffic, it's hard to sort it all out," said Terry Kucera, spokesman for the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, an association of mainly small rural phone companies.

Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron, however, said his company pays "tons" of access fees. He compares Internet telephony now to the early days of cell phone service, which only flourished because it was free of undue regulation.

That analogy worries regulators and legislators. So many people use their cell phones to make long-distance calls that it's cut deeply into the access fees that local phone companies collect to complete those calls.

That lost revenue is threatening to upend a long-standing system that subsidized rural phone companies so they could keep phone rates low enough for their local customers to afford.

Internet telephony could compound the problem, further destabilizing an implicit subsidy. Edward Garvey, deputy commissioner of telecommunications and energy for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, said Internet telephony is wonderful technology but the state must figure out how to cushion its impact.

Meanwhile, Internet telephony is becoming attractive to businesses, said Vijay Bhagovath, a telecom analyst for Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research.

Full-fledged Internet tele-communications can create new services, he said. A travel Web site, for instance, could allow a person to talk to a live travel agent with a single mouse click, he said.

Bhagavath estimates the business Internet telephony market to be about $2 billion, and the researcher said it will grow "in the high single digits" for the next five years.

About half of the estimated 4 million business Internet phone lines now in use were shipped this year, he added, an indication of how fast businesses are adopting Internet phones.

Businesses with far-flung offices and their own data networks, especially those that outsourced operations overseas, will be drawn to cheap Internet-style calls, predicts David Sheperdson, CEO of Phenomenal Networks, an Edina company that helps businesses install and maintain voice-over-IP systems.

In Mounds View, sales of Internet telephony "gateway" products at privately held Multi-Tech jumped 20 percent to 30 percent this year. Multi-Tech was helped when major equipment makers like Avaya last year made new phones Internet-friendly, said Hari Arimilli, voice-over-IP product development manager of the modem and Internet products manufacturer.

Telecom companies do voice-over-IP, too. MCI and AT&T send their long-distance traffic in Internet packets to shave costs, and Qwest is rolling out Internet-style Centrex services for businesses, its officials say.

Qwest senior vice president for public policy Steve Davis doesn't believe Internet telephony holds many benefits for consumers because there are still cheap counterparts in traditional phone service.

"It's wrong to say that everything in the industry is going to voice-over IP," Davis said.

Vonage fans like Benfer disagree. "I'm behind this because this is the future," he said. "It's time we stop paying Qwest for horrible customer service."

Benfer plans to move to Paris at the end of the year and take his Vonage modem and Minneapolis phone number with him. He said it will be cheaper to call his friends and family back in Minnesota using Vonage rather than the French phone system.

 

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