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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

March 3, 2006

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. 

In the news, we'll read about a new "Net Neutrality" bill introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday that might very well help Vonage customers if it becomes law by prohibiting large phone and cable broadband Internet service providers from collecting fees on or slowing down, Vonage calls. Speaking of fast speeds, we'll tell you where a Vonage co-sponsored race car is competing this weekend, and where you can watch the race on tv.  We'll also Today is Friday, the day for our In The Blogs feature. The bloggers are really busy with posts about Vonage this week. We'll also go over interesting Vonage Voip Forum threads about sounds and tones on Vonage calls, and about Vonage voice mail.

In The News

U.S. Senator Introduces "Net Neutrality" Legislation

United States Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced a "net neutrality" bill in the U.S. Senate yesterday.

The bill, which is favored by Vonage, would prohibit Internet Service Providers from charging extra fees to other companies that want to send content over their networks. For example, a phone company who would want to institute a surcharge for Vonage customers and data to travel over their networks would not be allowed to do so under the proposed law.

"Neutrality in technology enables small businesses to thrive on the Internet, and allows folks to start small and dream big, and that's what I want to protect with this legislation," he said in a statement. The Senator's measure would also prohibit network operators from creating a priority channel where content providers could pay for faster access to customers.

I've noticed that the website ZDNet has posted a file with high-res JPEGs of the entire bill. It is posted at this link.

Vonage Car Racing This Weekend

Pacific Coast Motorsports is a racing team that features Ryan Dalziel and Alex Figge behind the wheel of the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype. The team will compete this weekend in Round 2 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico.

U.S. cable television network SPEED Channel will cover all the action from Mexico with the race shown as a tape delay starting at 8pm EST on Saturday evening.

In The Blogs

We read about 15 Voip and IP-telephony-related Weblogs. Some we read more than others, but we enjoy most of them. Face it, bloggers are opinion-shapers. So today, we are going to give you a round-up of what the blogs we read have recently said about Vonage recently.

Here's what the Voip bloggers have been writing about:

Jeff Pulver of writes several posts about Net Neutrality. In an earlier post, Jeff notes that the Spring 2006 VON show, which starts a week from this coming Tuesday in San Jose, California, will feature two speakers from Vonage. These speakers will be Jeffrey Citron, Chairman of Vonage, and Louis Holder, executive vice-president of product development for Vonage. 

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog doesn't write about Vonage this week, but last week he wrote several posts about what he sees as some of the challenges ahead for Vonage with their IPO.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog writes about Vonage announcing earlier this week that it had connected 1.5 million lines. He says that reaching that mark makes the Vonage IPO look better to him than it once did.

Mark Evans of the Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and he writes about telecom and tech) offers posts in which he writes about Vonage's IPO, as well as Vonage reaching 1.5 million lines.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog picked up our Vonage Forum thread entitled Comcast vs. Vonage. Then, last night, I noticed that several websites and blogs had picked up his post. Russ' post is called Some Vonage users are frustrated about Comcast connection quality. Here's the link to Russ' post.

Zonk, who posts a lot on Slashdot, started a Slashdot thread called Comcast Accused of Blocking VoIP. Here's the link. In the thread - which I see has a huge number of posts by now - Zonk picked up Russ' post that picked up our Comcast vs. Vonage thread. Got that?

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog writes several posts about Net Neutrality, including the Wyden bill. 

Bruce Stewart of the new O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Blog writes about how quickly and easy it was for him to switch from his former telephone service provider to Vonage. He writes that the switch took about a week. "The Quick Start Guide did a good job showing how to use the Vonage router (a special Linksys model customized with phone plugs) by itself as your sole network router, and how to plug it into an existing router you planned to keep," he writes. Plugs and cables are color coded, making the process about as simple as plugging in a few cables and calling a Vonage 800 number to verify service activation." Then Bruce adds that his "Vonage installation experience was about as difficult as plugging a USB device into a modern computer: not difficult at all."

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch links to a post where a blogger who writes about a certain softphone service (whose company name begins with the same letter as "softphone" does - thinks about Vonage's IPO. 

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog has positive thoughts about Vonage's IPO. "You have got to give the company immense amounts of credit for this accomplishment. Nice going Vonage. At this rate the company seems like it will have a better IPO than previously thought. Their churn rate is lower than expected and their growth rate is extremely impressive," he writes. And in case you missed it last week Rich wrote the most detailed analysis about the Vonage IPO that I have read so far. "For those of you that remember when the Voip industry was full of doom and gloom (circa summer of 2003), who would have thought then that we would hear the words Voip IPO again? Who would have thought that the business would be where it is today? These are indeed exciting times and I wish Vonage a spectacular IPO that exceeds expectations," he writes. You can read Rich's full article at this link.

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he comes down solidly in the net neutrality camp. 

One of my favorite new blogs is written by Jack Decker. In his Michigan Telephone, Voip and Broadband Blog (which isn't limited to Michigan-related telecom issues, by the way), Jack issues several passionate pleas for net neutrality. "I think this is legislation that doesn't stand a chance of passing unless Internet users get behind it. Look, folks, let me frame this in the simplest terms possible: The big phone and cable companies want to shut down the Internet as you know it, what has been termed the "Information Superhighway", and turn it into a system of "Information Toll Roads" where they control the toll gates," he writes. "They will decide who can use the toll roads, and how much you'll pay in addition to what you pay each month for your Internet service."

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. On a new blog I just found called Business Forum, a Member named Corey Bryant writes: "We have been using Vonage for over a year now in the United States and we are very pleased with it. We even have some people overseas with the same area code as our Vonage number. When we moved to Colorado, we now have to dial ten digits even to call the neighbor, but to call my friend overseas, I only have to dial seven! Amazing at what it seems you can do in this day and age." 

Guess what, Corey. I agree.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Voip Forum thread named Getting the sound as if someone is pushing a number key, Vonage Forum Member nahrdaddy asks an interesting question about a problem he seems to think is weird.

"In the middle of a conversation it sounds as though the other end is pushing a key on their touch tone phone. The other end does not hear it, and it not pushing the keys," he writes. "Anyone have this problem too?"

Then nahrdaddy posts the results of his test. By the way, we have a post that explains how to do this, including what information from the test that you should post. You can find it by clicking here.

Only six minutes after nahrdaddy puts up his post, Vonage Forum Member blakadher puts up an answer. Six minutes, that's quick!!

"Vonage has to emulate the DTMF (Dual-Tone Multi Frequency) tones you would normally get passed straight over POTS. Because of this, some people's voices can occasionally be detected as you or them pressing a button and so Vonage converts it to a DTMF tone," blakadher writes, advising nahrdaddy that this process works much better now than it once did.  

This thread has made Vonage Forum Member MarleyX curious. He posts that he wants to know why Vonage has to emulate the DTMF tones rather then just letting them go though the voice channel normally.

"Because everything is converted from an analog signal to digital so it can be sent in packets across the Internet," blakadher explains. "DTMF tones are audible analog tones that must be encoded and sent across and decoded at the other end. Sometimes Vonage (probably any Voip service) mis-detects a certain tone in a persons voice as a DTMF tone and plays it as such.

New Vonage Forum Member jbrohan has a specific question about Vonage voice mail. He poses this question in a thread he started with the title, how many simultaneous voice messages with Vonage?

Vonage Forum Member VonageTPA responds.

"It's a standard business-style voicemail system, therefore it doesn't care how many calls are coming to it at once," he writes. "It'll answer 'em."

How To Edit Or Delete Your Posts

Whether online or off, most of us have said things we later regretted, or realized we could have said or explained better. I know I have said my share.

I guess it is that trait in so many of us that makes at least some Vonage Forum Members curious about how to edit posts you have made, or even how to delete them should it become necessary to do so.

Here's an explanation of your options, as I explain on the Vonage Forum FAQ

Unless you are the board admin or forum moderator you can only edit or delete your own posts. You can edit a post (sometimes for only a limited time after it was made) by clicking the edit button for the relevant post. If someone has already replied to the post you will find a small piece of text output below the post when you return to the topic, this lists the number of times you edited it. This will only appear if no one has replied, it also will not appear if moderators or administrators edit the post (they should leave a message saying what they altered and why). Please note that normal users cannot delete a post once someone has replied.

As we close out today's Digest, I'd like to remind you once again about some more options you have to receive the Vonage Voip Forum Digest every day. If you go to this page:, you will see a list of RSS Newsreaders from which with one or two clicks, you'll be able to get your Digest delivered directly to your Newsreader each morning. The Newsreaders we've linked to on that page include such reliable and trusted services as Bloglines, Feedster, My Yahoo!, Newsgator and Feedburner. I am open to add others, just contact me with the info of the Newsreader.

That's what's hot about Vonage today. We'll be back on Monday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, including our popular Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week feature! And soon, we'll be opening up that Member of the Week selection to your votes!!

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