[Asterisk-Users] OT: Please comment on Dvorak's troll
ColinA at landmarkmasterbuilder.com
Mon Jun 6 14:03:49 MST 2005
The Slashdot guys are choked 'cause he was right about Intel and the Macs.
While I agree he sensationalizes I was looking for opinions on whether there
might be something to this ISP/ILEC attempt to control VoIP traffic. It's of
concern to me, since I have rolled out a substantial portion of our
company's PSTN traffic over the public Internet, and I am in Canada, where
everything is legislated and legislation is largely determined by lobbyists.
My default argument against any regulation is that I would not comply simply
because my company's VoIP traffic is tantamount to traffic on our internal
PBX and we can do whatever we want with it. However, I don't want to have to
be forced into doing something goofy like running IAX over port 80 because
some upstream provider is looking for a revenue grab.
I'm just wondering if anyone in the community has considered "what if" and
what would be a meaningful response, either technologically, legally, or
socially. Encryption comes to mind. Also, Dundi's RFC perhaps addresses some
of these issues by obsfucating centralized directories and might be modified
to encompass port number in order to force "bad" ISP's play wack-a-port.
From: Dan Littlejohn [mailto:dan.littlejohn at gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 1:34 PM
To: Asterisk Users Mailing List - Non-Commercial Discussion
Subject: Re: [Asterisk-Users] OT: Please comment on Dvorak's troll
The guy named himself after a keyboard (his pen name) and I have not
finished one of his articles in a while.
He is selling advertising though shock articles. Here is another gem.
I think you can safely discard this one too.
On 6/6/05, Colin Anderson <ColinA at landmarkmasterbuilder.com> wrote:
> Specifically, his assertion that ISP's would sniff traffic and block, say,
> the SIP port. You could play wack-a-mole with port numbers, no?
> Also a community based, Freenet style of encryption implementation for
> "free" VoIP traffic would address this issue.
> I raise this to the list because I'm sure there's a grain of truth in what
> he's saying. ILEC's would be crazy to not consider this kind of lock in,
> since it's pretty obvious that packet voice networks are going to supplant
> circuit networks completely in, say, 20 years. Maybe sooner.
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