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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - June 23 - 25, 2006

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

June 23, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

First, some good news. Early this morning, we climbed over 80,000 articles posted on the Vonage Forum since we started up in March, 2003. So keep those posts and threads coming!

In the news, we'll catch up on Vonage's stock, as well as find out where you can hear Vonage chairman Jeff Citron talk about Vonage on Monday. This is Friday, time for our popular In the Blogs feature. We'll also go over a newly posted Vonage Forum thread in which a current Vonage subscriber asks fellow Vonage Forum Members for recommendations about a router to use with his Vonage service.

In The News

Vonage Closes At 8.65 A Share

On Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $8.65 a share, up from a session low of $8.60 a share and down 20 cents from Wednesday's $8.85 a share.  Total trading volume for Vonage yesterday was 699,500 shares. 

Once again, our Vonage Stock Forum can be reached from this link.

Vonage Is No Longer Charging An Excise Tax On Phone Bills

Vonage says that as of yesterday, which was Thursday June 22, it no longer will charge the Federal Excise Tax (FET) to its customers. That excise tax, which had been three percent, had been around for more than 110 years. The tax is seen as no longer needed by the U.S. government. Yes, and you read that right.

Near A PC On Monday? You'll Have A Chance to Hear Jeff Citron Speak

If you are online on Monday afternoon, you will get a chance to hear Vonage Chairman and Chief Strategist Jeff Citron give a speech.

Citron will speak at the Convergence 2.0 conference hosted by The Daily Deal and Tech Confidential on Monday at 3:55 p.m Eastern time. He will discuss the VoIP industry and outlook during the Convergence 2.0 conference at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York. 

His speech will also be broadcast live through Vonage's Investor Relations website at If you miss the speech, a free replay will be archived for about two weeks on the same website.

To listen to this broadcast, you'll need Windows Media Player or Real Player, both of which are available in free versions.


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 said about Vonage recently.

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

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog notes an article published in New Zealand in which some experts say there is no definite way to find out if broadband service providers are intentionally degrading Voip calls carried over their networks. That argument is one that is often used by advocates for net neutrality legislation in the U.S.- a concept that Vonage supports and has even testified about in the U.S. Congress.

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch writes about some of the lawsuits Vonage has been dealing with. He also mentions that Microsoft also gets a lot of lawsuits. And I could add here that regardless of what you might think of Microsoft, those lawsuits haven't stopped Microsoft from being a successful company.

On David Isenberg's, he posts a direct link to the Save The Internet petition he is very involved in. The petition has more than one million online signatures. "Right now Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the First Amendment of the Internet -- a principle called 'network neutrality' that preserves the free and open Internet. Congress needs to hear from you today or they will hand over control of what you do online to companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast," the petition says. "Politicians are trading favors for campaign donations from these companies. They're being wooed by people like AT&T's CEO, who says "the Internet can't be free." Sign this petition to tell your elected representatives to protect Internet freedom now. When you fill out the information and push submit, we will automatically send it to your Members of Congress."

Jeff Pulver of gives his views on whether Voip services should be taxed to help subsidize the U.S. Universal Service Fund. The fund subsidizes broadband Internet access in rural and poor regions. Proponents of taxing Voip say that because traditional phone companies are losing customers to VoIP, then a Voip tax is necessary to keep the adequate amount of funds flowing to the Fund. 

Preston Gralla of Networking Pipeline writes his thoughts on Vonage's stock. 

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog also gives us his thoughts on Vonage's stock price. 

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog writes that he isn't sure that, or why, some of the big mostly softphone Voip providers that compete with Vonage would necessarily be exempt from taxes that Vonage and their direct providers will have to pay into the U.S. Universal Service Fund. 

Mark Evans of the Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and writes more posts about telecom and tech) writes about Vonage's defense of its business model,  a model that has been receiving criticism. He also writes about the fact that Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the Web, came out this week with a strong plea for net neutrality (a concept Vonage supports). "While Berners-Lee is well-respected, it's going to be a huge challenge waging war against money-hungry carriers with lots of political clout," Mark writes.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes a few posts about Vonage's legal difficulties, as well as Vonage's stock price. He also has some strong views about net neutrality-which Vonage favors.

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog writes that he doesn't trust AT&T, which is both a major Vonage competitor and a major opponent of the concept of net neutrality. A net neutrality concept that all broadband service providers treat all packets the same. 

Ken Camp of the Realtime-VoIP links to an article that ranks Vonage the leading North American-based VoIP service based on the number of subscribers. 

Cynthia Brumfield of IP Democracy writes a post indicating that the U.S. Senate will hold key hearings about net neutrality this coming Tuesday, June 27.

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he writes a post in which he is skeptical of Verizon's lawsuit against Vonage. He writes, "it remains to be seen if this lawsuit has any true merit, or if this is another case of a big telco trying to put the kibosh on advancing technology, as has been witnessed in the growth of municipal WiFi networks." Ted also wonders why Vonage has to pay into the USF (Universal Service Fund). He writes that the phone infrastructure in the U.S. "isn't Vonage's; the delivery lines don't belong to Vonage. So why does Vonage get stuck with the bill? Answer: Big Telecom has found a way to strong-arm Vonage using the guise of good intentions, a la the USF.

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. In a new blog I found just a little while ago called Suburban Guerilla, blogger Susie Madrak doesn't seem to be a big fan of all those telcos who are Vonage competitors and don't want net neutrality laws to block them from slowing down or degrading Vonage's service. Oh, you don’t think this is about making obscene amounts of money and shutting down competition? Read this," she writes, linking to a pro net neutrality article posted on the website IPaction.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

I notice that lots of our Vonage Voip Forum threads are about equipment recommendations for the Vonage service. Some posts ask for fellow Vonage Forum Members with experience with specific routers, adapters, and other equipment to offer their thoughts. Other posts are from prospective new Vonage customers asking what equipment they should use if in fact they do sign up.

And I guess that is my way of introducing this new Vonage Forum thread named, Wireless Vonage Capable Router. This thread was begun by current Vonage subscriber and Vonage Forum Member pjchubbear.

"I'm wondering if anybody on this board has a recommendation for a good high-quality wireless router that is Vonage capable? I've been looking at a Linksys Vonage capable router, model WRTP54G?," writes pjchubbear, whose actual first name is Pete. "Anybody have an experience with this product???"

Two of our most experienced and knowledgeable Vonage Forum Members have joined this thread and offer their recommendations.

"The WRTP54G is a terrible router... Save yourself and get a WRT54GL," VonageTPA writes. "Far more stable, and it'll cost you less than trying to acquire a WRTP54G."

"I second VonageTPA's recommendation of the WRT54GL. It's a good, solid, and not too terribly expensive router that does a really great job," NateHoy writes.

"Alternatively, look for a wireless router with a technology called 'StreamEngine', which (according to many others on the forum) also does very well," he adds. "I don't have any personal experience with StreamEngine, but others seem to like it."

Then NateHoy writes that he has a WRT54GL, and it's been working great for him "since last October, when I finally gave up trying to make my WRTP54G work as a decent router after months of frustration and angst."


We've Updated Our Voip Speed Test

I wanted to call your attention to our upgraded Voip Speed Test.

Instead of the simple upload/download test, this one has all the reporting that is needed to diagnose ISP issues such as Jitter and Packet Loss.

The advanced report screen has been configured with a "Copy to Clip Board" button so you can easily paste the results in the forums.

I would like to thank the following members for giving valuable input during the beta testing: reebok, Steve48, NateHoy, VonageTPA, Trowski and scerruti.

For those of you that are interested in the details behind the results, the following are the tests parameters:

The test is located in Washington DC.

The data.bin file for the speed test upload/download is 10Mb with 8 seconds max time out.

75,000 bytes is used to calculate the number of supported Voip lines.

Other variables:

Voip lines simulated =1
voip bytes per packet =8
voip simulation seconds =10
voip packets per second =75

If you have any questions about this test, feel free to post them in this thread.

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 Forum Member of the Week feature!!

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