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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject: Supreme Court rulling Reply with quote Back to top

Just wondering what everyone thinks the effect the Supreme Court ruling will be for us Vonage users and for that matter other Voip user. Below is a link to the Forbes article and according to it the Court has ruled that cable companies do not have to share their line with competitors which essentially opens the door to port blocking. I have been a Vonage user since December and without question love it. What do you guys think the effects of this ruling will be on us.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I think Jeff Citron's views as outlined in the forum's newsletter are way more educated than mine could be, but I would like to add this.

I don't think port blocking is as big of threat as a change in the terms of service. Port blocking is a technical issue that can be overcome just as Voip is now able to work through NAT. However if cable companies ban Voip in their terms of service just as they have banned running web servers then there is very little that could be done.

Frankly this ruling doesn't have that much of an effect. As I mentioned above cable operators already limit the types of traffic in their terms of service. Madison River was brought to heel only because they are a regulated telephone carrier.

The key to making all of this irrelevant is the availability of multiple types of broadband including cable, dsl and wireless. Recent FCC rulings should allow the stalled rollout of DSL to move forward and provide competition.

In the end there may also be a shift away from straight unlimited data plans. You may have to pay more the capacity you use. Currently this is hidden based on the type of access you have (dial-up, dsl, cable, t1, t3) but as FIOS and other technologies bring greater capacity to the home at lower cost it may make sense for providers to charge based on how much capacity is used. This is currently the case for mobile wireless data and for hosted servers. When that happens it will be a benefit to your ISP for you to be using Voip whether it is theirs or a third party.

The issue is whether the ISPs will attempt to cripple third party Voip to develop demand for their own offering before ISP competition would make that a losing proposition. As CEO Citron points out many of the larger ISPs are already looking at third parties to provide a re-brandable service rather than try to get into a new business. Furthermore recent offerings from cable companies have been structured to compete with POTS and not with Voip.

It is likely that some companies will start blocking ports and that some consumers will be harmed until things settle out, but in general it is a benefit to the community to have less regulation.

One other thought, if a cable company blocks your Voip without warning just as you are about to dial the new federally mandated E911 could they be held liable for damages?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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"I don't think port blocking is as big of threat as a change in the terms of service."


I agree 100%. Also I believe that people will switch ISPs instead of giving up their Voip service. So the ISPs will lose out.
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