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Re: US slaps fine on company blocking VoIP

  • From: trainier
  • Date: Fri Mar 04 16:06:57 2005

Seems to me that said company "BroadVoice?" was attempting to prevent the use of VoIP in an effort to prevent competition
with it's current phone customers.  It's kind of a tough issue to deal with, if you think about it.

There are two sides to the issue:

1.)  FCC doesn't want companies preventing other companies from competing.
2.)  On the other hand, how do you tell a company what services it can or can't block?

The fact is, the company was preventing it's users from using technology offered by said company's competitors.
There are parts of this country from which you don't have "other isp" options.  

You mentioned something about ports.  I highly doubt that BroadVoice used ports to deny the service.
I'm sure the blocks were at least a little bit more complicated than just blocking out ports.

It's a very interesting issue.  For once, I tend to agree with the FCC on this one.


Tim Rainier

Nathan Allen Stratton <>
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03/04/2005 03:50 PM

US slaps fine on company blocking VoIP

I don't speak for BroadVoice, but this seams to be to be stupid. Why
should the government get involved in ISPs blocking ports? If customers
don't like it, go to a new provider, what country is this??

Frankly, I don't see the point, any provider that requires 5060 or any
other port to offer VoIP services deserves to be shutoff by networks
blocking those ports. It is just to easy to talk to CPE on any port.

Nathan Stratton                                   BroadVoice, Inc.
nathan at                                 Talk IS Cheap                 

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