Rural phone service vs. VoIP

Kansas City Business Journal: Rural carriers worry about VoIP disconnecting access fees.

The issue will continue to grow as major companies offer service. From
AT&T to launch VoIP nationwide, which is expected to cost less than $40 a month.

Clay Shirky writing on VoIP: “It’s clear what the consumers want — the maximum amount of experimentation with all sorts of models, and not being forced to choose between new features and backwards compatibility. However, telephony regulation is notoriously resistant to user demands — neither the FCC nor state regulators are elected, and neither group is very responsive to citizen action.”

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