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BetaDot » VoIP Regulation
Broadband Regulation Grows with VoIP’s Popularity

Broadband providers, particularly those with limited resources, such as hotels and airports are growing fond of this new revolution of broadband regulation.

While some broadband providers, such as Shaw Cable, have been known to be “prioritizing” services based on the ports which they use in order to preserve bandwidth for certain more time-sensitive actions, these new forms of regulation are substantially more severe, and could result in your inability to use VoIP communications.


A man named Jeff Pulver was reported by IBA to have been blocked from making a IP-based phone call over the hotel’s broadband connection, yet, he could connect to his home cable box and transfer television feed from home, to the hotel.

The hotel, the “Le Meridien,” is being accused of attempting to cause difficulty for users who make use of VoIP technology to evade in-room phone charges, by the IBA news article.

This situation is strikingly similar to the war between traditional phone line providers, and the new VoIP services, a situation where each side wants to make more money, but can only do so by damaging the other. The situation which has resulted in the old AT&Ts and Verizons of the brick-and-mortar world seeing themselves held up against the Googles and Skypes of the internet.

It seems VoIP’s dependance on broadband providers could be it’s one major downfall, something which could slow the VoIP adoption as more and more businesses see ways to save money, or earn more, by blocking access to internet telephony.

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Summary

Le Meridien, a hotel located in London has made the move to disallow access to broadband-based internet calling services from their networks.


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