TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Cheap VOIP, No Standards

Cheap VOIP, No Standards
Fri, 29 Jun 2007 11:08:36 -0700

I am glad and thankful that Pat has kept this group going when so many
Usenet lists/discussions have disappeared. These Telecommunications
Risk's/Problem's questions arose out of an Washington, DC and George
Washington University (GWU) sponsored ACM meeting on Computer Security
with former AT&T/Bell Labs Steve Bellovin, that became heated
Telecommunications arguments at a local bar. It turns out that Steve
was one of the original developers and advocates of Usenet.

This long-line repairman, and a pretty girl from the Commerce
Department, mentioned that you can get very cheap VOIP service from
Latin American and Caribbean countries, such as Venezuela?, because
their Internet Voice, Voice over IP (VOIP) implementations are not
setup for, and bypasses the various Tariffs, Taxes, and Fee's
associated with the normal PTT Telephone service?

I am sure that this has been brought up before on this group?

And this is one of the reasons that European PTT's have insisted on
keeping their X.25 Networks as front ends into the conventional
Internet. X.25 has various fields for carrier usage charging of
Tariffs, Taxes, and Fee's.

(VOIP is difficult to understand, maintain, and troubleshoot because
telephony technology and terminology is morphed into a the arcane TCP/
IP, i.e. the telephone number becomes a series of IP addresses.)

Robert J. Perillo
Principal Telecommunications Engineer

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