VoIP Blocking

Interesting arguments Tom makes about VoIP blocking and how the liability is too great for anyone to do this in the future over cable. He could be right but I wonder if broadband providers aren’t coming up with ways to offer levels of bandwidth and in effect making us pay to have the QoS needed to guarantee 911 and other calls will have acceptable quality. I get the feeling that in this way service providers could effectively tax VoIP service that is provided by others.

Still this VoIP blocking issue isn’t new and thankfully Forbes.com mentioned the Madison River consent decree that forbids the blocking of VoIP and the fine in this article.

Cable companies could block ports but as Tom says there is significant risk in doing so. I think Tom is probably right on this issue but I don’t expect it to go away any time soon.

  • Carl
    June 30, 2005 at 7:23 pm

    The cable cos aren’t under the same terms as the telcos (Madison River).

  • Andy
    March 30, 2006 at 3:47 am

    Dear Sirs,
    As an idiot when it comes to Voip I am in a pickle and need your help.
    I understand this may well be outside your service but please assist if you can with advice.
    I live in Oman where there is a monopoly provider who is actively blocking internet telephony including net2phone, Callserve and they are partially able to knock out skype.
    The information we received from someone working inside Omantel ,the provider, is that within some months they expect to be able to stop all telephony including MSN and Yahoo.
    For us living far from our families and friends the use of PC to phone is a great help as the calls from here are exorbitant.
    Have you any idea on how we can circumvent this. It appears that they are slowing the return path as when I use Call serve the otherside appears to be able to hear me but I cannot hear them.
    A ping test can take 375 msecs or more.
    I would really appreciate your assistance in this.
    Best Regards,

  • David
    April 21, 2006 at 4:52 am

    I’m having the same problem in Qatar. I have already lost the PC to Phone and MSN. Have you received any advice on this?

  • Rich Tehrani
    April 21, 2006 at 8:43 am

    I have not but I hope other readers can advise you on what to do if anything. Have you tried Skype, TelTel, etc?

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