What You Need to Know About VoIP
VoIP, also known as Voice over IP, Internet phone, IP telephony,
or broadband phone, is one of the hottest technologies available
and is taking the world by storm. Simply put, VoIP allows you
to send and receive telephone and fax calls through the Internet,
instead of using your telephone or cell phone network.
VoIP providers service such as Vonage and Lingo have skyrocketed
in popularity and are giving the old telecom companies a real
run for their money in terms of pricing and features. VoIP phones,
also called IP phones, offer cool features not available with
your dodgy standard phone.
However, it can be frustrating wading through product information
when selecting the right VoIP service for your needs. VoIP provider
and equipment vendor websites can list arcane and unfamiliar
terminology, features and options.
This website will help you become familiar with basic VoIP technology
and products available today. In this way, you can learn what
you need to know before you make a purchasing decision.
Does the FCC Regulate Internet Voice?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has worked to create
an environment promoting competition and innovation to benefit
consumers. Historically, the FCC has not regulated the Internet
or the services provided over it.
On February 12, 2004, the FCC found that an entirely Internet-based
VoIP service was an unregulated information service. On the
same day, the FCC began a broader proceeding to examine what
its role should be in this new environment of increased consumer
choice and what it can best do to meet its role of safeguarding
the public interest.
If you're considering replacing your traditional telephone service
with VoIP, you should also be aware that:
Some VoIP services don't work during power outages and the service
provider may not offer backup power;
VoIP providers may or may not offer directory assistance/white
These factors may change with new developments in VoIP technology.
You should always check with potential VoIP service providers
to confirm any advantages and limitations to their service,
including 911 service.