Any Impact On VoIP From Loss Of Net Neutrality

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Has there been any discussion about the the effect of the changes in net neutrality to VoIP service quality.

It seems to me that prioritizing streaming traffic from certain content delivery companies could have an impact on the latency for VoIP which could disrupt phone service.

I found this article

It seems to be assuming that VoIP traffic only traverses one network and that my trunk provider will be able to charge me more and guarantee that my traffic get priority but I am pretty sure that at least some of my traffic crosses many networks.

Am I way off track?


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  • Hi Ron

    There was an article back in July looking at what might happen

    How does the 2017 Net Neutrality Debate Affect VoIP? ( )

    In general, anything that allows them to charge more, limit, or prioritize can affect VoIP. There were cases in the past where the carriers would do this via Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to block services that competed with their own services. So it is not hard to envision this happening in the future.

    That said., the vote was not the end of the story. There is still a law suit pending on this topic and Congress is being forced to review the decision (and potentially finally create a proper law). ( )

    So it is worth it to contact your Senator and let them know what you think they are supposed to be doing in your name.

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  • The article seems to focus on ISPs charging more for VoIP traffic. This is only a money argument but seems to ignore the fact that my call from Montreal, Canada to Palm Springs, California will travel through a few networks that have no relationship with me.

    It appears that carriers could increase latency on “foreign” VoIP
    traffic which could reduce us to being able to buy good local call service but unable to use phones for long distance calls.

    Should national and multinational companies be concerned that even their ability to use the telephone for internal calls could be impacted by this.  It seems clear that the ability to make calls to customers and suppliers will become uncertain and potentially vary from cases to case.