But who gets the phone number

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2014 - 02:52 PM |
Tagged: voip, verizon, pots and pans, att

AT&T and Verizon are investigating this newfangled thing called VoIP and if it works as an alternative to switch based telephone systems.  The FCC has decided to allow them to do some limited testing on how the world would change if users were assigned IP addresses as opposed to telephone numbers.  Hopefully at some point they will realize this will have more to do with MAC addresses than static IP addresses but it is nice to know that they will at least do some research into the consequences of dumping switch based physical circuits.  The Inquirer's coverage mentions that the FCC will not regulate this testing which could be a good or bad thing; they are a bit technologically impaired but at the same time Ma Bell has never been good at respecting their customers rights.

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"TELECOMS PROVIDERS in the US have been given a green light to explore the idea of replacing traditional telephone communications with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)."

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Source: The Inquirer

January 31, 2014 | 10:53 PM - Posted by serjio (not verified)

"Hopefully at some point they will realize this will have more to do with MAC addresses than static IP addresses"

Im not sure I understand what this has to do with MAC addresses.

February 1, 2014 | 01:22 AM - Posted by Fluxcored

Could this be the catalyst for IPv6 to supplant IPv4 widespread?

February 1, 2014 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ipv4 is not really an option and ipv6 is way too long so i'm curious what they will do

February 1, 2014 | 05:01 AM - Posted by IRQ6


February 1, 2014 | 08:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Giving people Ip addresses makes no sense. We have VoIP in Norway and everyone have a normal phone number and it is integrated the same way as mobile phones as these use (almost) the same principle. Why wold you transport phone calls analog when you have fiber and can use QoS?

February 2, 2014 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Paul E Jones (not verified)

This story has it wrong. The carriers have been using VoIP for years. It's hardly new; the protocols are now 18 years old! What they're doing now is extending the use of VoIP to the last mile. Basically, the desire is to replace that old copper wire phone with an IP phone. Users don't call IP addresses, either. They'll still use phone numbers. Go to virtually any large company and you'll see they have already switched.

February 2, 2014 | 02:34 PM - Posted by Mechromancer (not verified)

DNS is the answer! IPv6 addresses and DNS will make this work easily. I can be called @JohnnyNismo240sx and answer on any of my devices. That would be a brilliant future.

February 3, 2014 | 10:24 AM - Posted by YTech

I agree, this thread is misleading. Sadly... :(

The article is about the study of how consumers will adapt to the switch/change of old telecommunication network (Pulse Line) to the new current used network (VoIP). (Which should have been completed 10 years ago)

The article is not about giving IP addresses to consumers and rip them of their adapted frequent use of 9 digit telephone numbers. It is about how to be cost effective by eliminating an old technology without causing high burden to the old faithful adapted users.

Technologically impaired, is not the topic here...

February 4, 2014 | 01:24 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Having worked with Allstream and TELUS, I can say that they are ridiculously behind on VoIP and are more or less attempting to replicate VoIP over old switch based systems.  It really shows when you are working with Asterisk as your PBX.  Switching over to fiber and pure VoIP is something none of the large Telco's have really ventured into except in very limited releases in urban centres.  Some cable providers have done at least some proper implementation down to the last mile but are often still relying on old copper.  

Seeing how well older companies adopt new technology, I could totally see them trying to assign a static IP address to an account.  I could be wrong but it will be worth watching. 

February 10, 2014 | 02:27 PM - Posted by YTech

I agree :)
That should have been mentioned in the thread!

February 5, 2014 | 09:48 AM - Posted by Charlie Pearce (not verified)

Calling "home" could be an issue...

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