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Comcast to offer Net phone service

Posted: Thu May 27, 2004 6:24 am
by Apoptosis
Cable company Comcast plans aggressive roll out of VOIP service

NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. said Wednesday it will offer Internet-based telephone service to more than 40 million households by 2006, as it follows a host of other cable operators challenging local telephone companies.
VOIP sounds like a good thing, but a simple virus could wipe out the lines in an emergency situation! I'm not sure with all the terriost threats that it's a good idea right now.

Posted: Thu May 27, 2004 6:33 am
by Immortal
point is taken, buy how is the world meand to progress with copper cabling?

Posted: Thu May 27, 2004 7:59 am
by infinitevalence
As the cable companies improve the infrastructure it has become less and less vulnerable to that type of attack. While all the people in your area are on essentail one cable the surrounding areas are all independent nodes linked with highspeed fiber optics to the main hubs at the cable co.'s hq. This makes it very hard to take down the whole system. Unles they decide to use windows. :)

Posted: Thu May 27, 2004 7:10 pm
by az3rch
This sounds like an awesome idea. I wish they would offer a deal to existing cable customers.

Re: Comcast to offer Net phone service

Posted: Thu May 27, 2004 7:52 pm
by T-Shirt
Apoptosis wrote:
Cable company Comcast plans aggressive roll out of VOIP service

NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. said Wednesday it will offer Internet-based telephone service to more than 40 million households by 2006, as it follows a host of other cable operators challenging local telephone companies.
VOIP sounds like a good thing, but a simple virus could wipe out the lines in an emergency situation! I'm not sure with all the terriost threats that it's a good idea right now.
That's one reason to maintain a landline along with your broadband/VoIP link.
among the others are power failure, service failure, device failure, and of course competitive cost. (if the cable co "owns" the neighborhood, do you think the cost will be low.?)
cable is rarely UPS equipped, after /during a diaster/emergency cel towers/phones, cable will ferquently be overloaded/unavailable.
You can request minimal service, (ie no long distance, no features,and and use it as and inbound/emergency oly line, use the VoIP as outbound and long distance line