Cut Your Telecom Bills [telecom]

There is a good article called "Cut your telecom bills" in the May,
2011 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

There are several parts of it that caught my eye right away: a section
titled "Some fiber really isn't", covering some of the physical-layer
issues we've been discussing here, and a section on the "Ooma" VoIP
service, plus a section on "The benefits of bundling and bargaining".

I'm curious what the Digest's readers think about the article.


Bill Horne
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4/8/2011 4:54:29 AM
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Bill Horne wrote:
> There is a good article called "Cut your telecom bills" in the May,
> 2011 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
> There are several parts of it that caught my eye right away: a section
> titled "Some fiber really isn't", covering some of the physical-layer
> issues we've been discussing here, and a section on the "Ooma" VoIP
> service, plus a section on "The benefits of bundling and bargaining".
> I'm curious what the Digest's readers think about the article.
> Bill
The glaring omission for me was their failure to mention how robust and 
reliable E911 is with a wireline carrier, and how 911 wireless or 911 
Voip can be problematic at a residence.

4/8/2011 10:45:13 PM

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