Reach out and touch some packets

Investors Business Daily: “We’re going to build out Voice over IP, whether we do it in
partnership or we go head-to-head and compete,” [AT&T consumer president] Polumbo said in an
interview. “We’re hoping that by the back end of next year we’ll be in
full marketing.”

That settles it.  2005 will be the year the VOIP revolution hits
full bore.  Basic phone service as we know it is doomed… but
that’s a good thing for end-users and a market opportunity for
companies that play the transition right.  The FCC has a year to
deal with the regulatory issues, unless it wants to create another
train wreck like the unbundling process after the 1996 Telecom
Act.