Re: TECH: Telephones & DSL: Can we lose the phone?

From: Ken Clements (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 11:55:36 MST

A vast amount of stuff is happening in this area. You can go find out
about voice over IP standards at:

I am a member of the IEEE 802.11 working group that is currently trying
to write future standards to allow high quality wireless service from
LAN to WAN, so I tend to be more interested in the wireless stuff.

Commercial wireless forms are starting to happen:

For data, you can set up your own P2P systems:

Folks in the coverage areas can get ISDN speed wireless data from
Metricom, (I worked on wireless routing for them.) and others. I just
heard that Wi-LAN picked up UC Wireless.

Wireless routing is a huge subject, and was a fun problem for me to work
on. It has direct application to the control structures that will be
needed to do useful work with any kind of swarm agent. Thus it was a
project I felt was on the path to nanotech. You can find well more than
you ever wanted to know about these things at:


"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:

> In one of my rare introspective moments, I was thinking to
> myself today, how I so rarely get phone calls that I could
> probably turn off my telephone service and not notice it.
> Then it occured to me that I've got a long-distance e-phone
> call-out capability (with some vendor I can't remember the
> name of, who may no longer be in business...). I've also
> got an eFax account for incoming faxes. All I'm missing
> is an eFax type "voice" supplier so that people could
> call me over my DSL connection.

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