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By Jerri L. Ledford

Phones have actually develop into an essential component of our day-by-day lives, serving as our conversation lifeline to the realm. although, there were only a few advances within the simple expertise of cellphone carrier - before. Voice over web Protocol (VoIP) bargains shoppers an economical substitute to standard mobile carrier. "Cut the wire! The Consumer's consultant to VoIP" can provide the information you want to make a decision if VoIP is correct for you. It bargains advice for choosing a VoIP provider and suggestion for developing your new carrier. it really is choked with checklists, site assets, suggestions, and notes, or even offers examples of companies so you might attempt ahead of committing to VoIP.

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Many states have filed lawsuits that claim VoIP companies are conducting business in an unfair way. Emergency services is one area where such claims carry a lot of weight, so VoIP companies are finding themselves in a position to change the way they offer emergency services. To that extent the states do have some control and are facilitating some changes in the VoIP industry. A similar piece of legislation, the Advanced Internet Communications Services Act, was introduced in early 41 42 2005. This bill would grant the FCC sole governance of all Advanced Internet Communication Services (AICS), which include video, voice, and data, or any combination of the three.

And in 2004, the California Public Utility Commission granted itself jurisdiction over any Internet phone call that terminated on traditional phone networks. New York made the same ruling, also in 2004. Other states that are considering regulating VoIP services include the following: 40 41 • Alabama • Colorado • Illinois • Michigan • North Carolina • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Virginia As these states get involved in legislating and regulating VoIP, more and more restrictions and fees are imposed on VoIP companies.

Communications convergence isn't the main reason to switch to VoIP today. Cost savings, enhanced features, and freedom of choice are the drivers that make VoIP attractive at this stage in the game. However, keeping an eye to the future never hurts, and VoIP is just the first step in communications convergence, which is a very bright spot in the future of telecommunications. < Day Day Up > < Day Day Up > 32 33 Chapter 4. Understanding the VoIP Industry If you listen to all of the media hype, VoIP is the next killer application for broadband.

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