Of Skype, VoIP, & Net Neutrality
“The larger Skype’s user base grows, the less likely it is that telecom operators or regulators will successfully block the VoIP service, said the head of Skype’s European operations, during an interview at the VON Europe conference in Stockholm.
“An experience in Brazil makes a good example. About a year ago, one of the largest telecom operators in Brazil blocked Skype. The reaction from Skype users was so strong that after a week, the operator relented.
“Some operators, particularly the incumbents, may seek to block Skype because Skype’s low-cost voice service can steal market share from them and thus eat into their most significant source of revenue.”
Nancy Gohring. Skype Seeks Bulk to Avoid Blocks. PC Advisor. May 18, 2006.
Ars Technica. Skype’s Net Neutrality Gamble: We’ll Be So Big, They Can’t Stop Us. May 18, 2006.
Sara Kehaulani Goo. Skype Gives It Away. WashingtonPost.com. May 16, 2006.
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