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There is a new article/interview on news.com Gerald R. Faulhaber, a professor of public policy and management at Wharton who was last month was named chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission.

Very interesting:

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1004-200-2538376.html?tag=st.ne.1002.bgif.ni

He thinks that it might be good to have other foreign companies come to the US to start some of their services in the US to help out.

What I found very interesting is that he also said that in the not too far future we will not pay for voice calls. Coupled with what the Mobilcom chief in germany said a while back, that UMTS might lead to free voice calls, this gets very interesting indeed. It is all bits and bytes and voice is really very little bandwidth.

Oliver
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What I found very interesting is that he also said that in the not too far future we will not pay for voice calls. Coupled with what the Mobilcom chief in germany said a while back, that UMTS might lead to free voice calls, this gets very interesting indeed. It is all bits and bytes and voice is really very little bandwidth.

Its already starting, though flegling, the ability to make "calls" via an internet connection with no incremental cost is precisely because those few bits and bytes for voice take so little bandwidth.

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What I found very interesting is that he also said that in the not too far future we will not pay for voice calls. Coupled with what the Mobilcom chief in germany said a while back, that UMTS might lead to free voice calls, this gets very interesting indeed. It is all bits and bytes and voice is really very little bandwidth.

Oliver,

Please don't believe everything Herr Schmid of Mobilcom says. While it's true that voice doesn't require much bandwidth, it does require that this bandwidth is guaranteed, and that the inter-packet delay remains within certain limits. If your internet connection doesn't respond at all for a second or two, you can easily live with that, but a voice connection would be seriously impaired. Remember also that a voice connection must also terminate somewhere, often in another network. Herr Schmid can only promise you free calls within his network, not to the rest of the world.

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