Wednesday, January 07, 2004

10 US Telecom Policy Myths

Dan Berninger notes to the previous post:

Sadly, the article propagates the myth the Internet depends on the telephone

"Davidson also has a nagging concern. Because Internet-based phone service
currently rides over traditional telephone or cable lines, it simply will
not work unless the conventional phone network is intact."

Not true.

The Internet and the telephone network share nothing. The "telephone"
network refers to that part of the communication infrastructure controlled
by dialed numbers as in Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

The Internet depends on the dialed telephone network only for dialup access
users. In that case, these folks pay all the standard support charges
associated with the telephone network.

Data pipes that serve the Internet might share some trenches or conduits in
places, but they constitute an entirely separate network.

See more of these telecom policy myths at

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