The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, January 08, 2004

THE INTERNET, FROM DIALUP TO VOIP
As more companies begin offering online telephone service (voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP), heralding the likely eventual demise of traditional landline phones, this realization comes to me: The Internet has gone from something that we used to need traditional telephone service to access (via dialup modem), to being a communications medium prerequisite for obtaining home telephone service. Or, more simply put, you used to need a phone line to get on the Internet, and now you need the Internet to get a phone line. It's a neat little flip-flop.