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12:17 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[skype.com...]

WOW is the only word that can describe it. You can now make free Skype calls within the US and Canada to all phones until the end of the year.

My question is if this will affect bandwidth flow throughout the internet?

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I am surprised they still don't have SkypeIn for Canada. They have it for US though. Our phone system are the same. I guess there is some matter with the law...
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Skype just keeps getting better and better. Most of my international calls are now done on Skype.
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Great that after Ebay has aquired Skype they didnt stoped developing it
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Nice - but still need video for the Mac version.
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My question is if this will affect bandwidth flow throughout the internet?

It's not just Skype doing that - all media on the internet is having that effect - radio station distribution, P2P distribution of files/video, VoIP etc all play their part.

So it's not like this kind of bandwidth growth hasn't been seen before. Pipes will simply continue to get fatter.

That said, I don't anticipate that suddenly everyone will switch from PSTN to Skype in the US/Canada - that will not happen overnight.

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How do you make a phone call to a tel number? I dialed a number, and it says that you did not dial a skype number.

Anyone can help please?

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I have a Comcast IP and I'm banned from using it.

72.x.x.x

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I would love Skype to open their "black box of security", and share some information.

Skype could be a direct competitor to Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, etc. if they made an enterprise version of the package.

I think they will get more of a "security" backlash, then benefit with this new promotion.

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How do you make a phone call to a tel number? I dialed a number, and it says that you did not dial a skype number.

You need to dial a full number, with country code. In Canada and States it'd be: +1 234 567-8901

I have a Comcast IP and I'm banned from using it.

I am not on Comcast, and not even in States, but my IP starts with 72.* as well, and Skype worked fine. Why did they ban Comcast?

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Comcast has a competing VOIP service but I don't think you're banned from using Skype just because you're a Comcast user.

Why I say this is a friend of mine using Comcast just signed up for Skype a couple of weeks ago so he could talk to his wife currently travelling in Europe for PENNIES a minute instead of the outrageous rates the phone company wanted.

I suspect as Skype and Vonage grow in size the politicians will slap them upside the head to start collecting all the lost revenues in tariffs and such, with the RBOC's behind those politicians screaming bloody murder.

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I am surprised they still don't have SkypeIn for Canada. They have it for US though. Our phone system are the same. I guess there is some matter with the law...

The CRTC was hassling Skype about 911 compliance, which is largely a ruse to buy time to come up with a real reason to block it longer term while they figure out:

A) How to tax it.
B) How to force the rates higher.

In Canada, the LD rates are federaly regulated. A company (such as the existing TelCo, Cable/DSL TelCo, or VOIP provider), has to make an application for any given rate (applies to rates for local service as well), then it's up to the CRTC to approve, deny, or modify the rate.

For a service to provide a phone #, they also have to prove compliance with 911 rules. For a landline, that means that if you call 911, your address and phone # have to show up with the 911 dispatch. For cel phones, your phone # and cel location (to narrow down a physical search of the area) has to be available to 911 dispatch.

The 911 call also has to be routed to the geographically correct 911 dispatch center.

Given that anyone can contest an application to the CRTC, you can bet that the existing service providers are pulling out all the stops in having their lobbyists put pressure on the CRTC to deny any applications from Skype to hand out "real" phone numbers.

There are also rules about foreign ownership of telephone service providers in Canada. Likely, Skype will have to set up a Canadian subsidiary with partial ownership by Canadian individuals/companies in order to meet those rules.

Given the above, and the byzantine and slow nature of the CRTC bureaucracy, don't hold your breath for SkypeIn numbers in Canada anytime soon.

All in all, it's yet another grand case of a bureaucracy that was once created to protect consumers (back when there was a TelCo monopoly up here), that has now been subverted by the interests of the "big players" and is being used to stifle innovation and competition.

(ps - Yes, I'm an ex TelCo guy)

 

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