Week 9: VoIP and changing telecom
To my surprise, I really found this article interesting. I had not know to what degree the VoIP technology was transforming the way we communicate. The article provided just enough historical context (NY to LA call, using a direct line), yet kept the focus on present day technology. I found it really interesting that until 1960 phone lines required a direct line to place calls. Whereas now we use a similar method to VoIP, using digital carriers to transfer voice. Another interesting feature talked about the different types of VoIP devices. I had only know about the kind that using a mic and soundcard to transfer voice directly over the computer for PC to PC communications. I was interested to find that phones are made that hook-up to the network via Ethernet cable. That is really cool! Also, I was very intrigued to find out that soon, phones will be available that merely use wi-fi to connect to the internet.
1. How far will this movement go to ending the oligopoly of phone companies in America? Will the help inspire higher levels of competition?
2. Will the creation of Wi-Fi enabled VoIP phones inspire a shift away from cell phones?
3. What does this technology mean for the developing world? Are we just leaving them in the dust on this technological advace?