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Greg    Posted 02-13-2005 at 09:12:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Any of you folks tried Vonage or any other type of broadband phone service? If so, how has it worked for you?


MikeT    Posted 02-13-2005 at 09:47:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Be aware that most of those broadband phone services don't have 911 service.


midway    Posted 02-13-2005 at 11:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
another thing, have you noticed that the cable lines are down more than the phone lines, or at least thats the way it is up here. Can't use that Vonage when the cable is down. Didn't know there was no 911 on the vonage. BUT did you know the FCC is allowing the cable co's to send the cable signals over the electric wires in some locations. I believe the "ham operators" are up in arms because it interferes with their transmissions. If it causes interference with a licensed station (hams are licensed), it supposedly cannot be sent on the wires.


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-13-2005 at 15:50:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sending broadband signals over electric transmission lines is still pretty much in the experimental stage, now. There are some tests being run in various areas, but the results haven't been terribly encouraging to other users of the radio spectrum, because of the broad radio noise generated by these systems. Ham radio operators are affected, because the noise over-rides weak incoming radio signals they are trying to receive. Hams, however, are not the only services affected. The Federal Communications Commission seems bent on licensing and promoting these systems, in spite of their own prohibitions on such systems interfering with other licensed radio services. (yes, I'm a ham!)


midway    Posted 02-14-2005 at 04:45:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Ray, I didn't mean to say Ham's were the only ones that are bothered by this. I meant any licensed business etc.. I thought they had already approved it some locations. Plus I hope it it doesn't be approved (as a lowly CB'er) LOL


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