Seems that VoIP is scaring the scheize out of some folks. According to a published report this morning, Vodafone’s German unit has made plans to disable calls from VoIP operators such as Skype and others beginning in July 2007.
The article quotes Vodafone
Hmm… Established, legacy carriers, fearful of losing market share to VoIP… That can’t happen here, right? Well we all remember the situation early last spring with Madison River Communications, and how the FCC slapped them with a fine – no time wasted, no questions asked – for blocking Vonage VoIP ports. It seemed at the time that we had little to worry about from network providers blocking the use of our chosen VoIP providers.
Alas, the recent Brand X decision by the US Supreme Court appears to throw the door wide open to port blocking on a large scale. While
Was it over when the Germans bombed
But is it fair to say it’s starting when the Germans block VoIP? Stay tuned. I’m sure this story has a long way to go.