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Chapter 7. 911, Alarms, and Other Outgoi... > Broadband Enhancements to Traditiona...

7.4. Broadband Enhancements to Traditional Telephone Services

Bits are bits, as we've learned. Drilling down a bit more, broadband phone companies can grab the bits that constitute telephone calls, especially the bits at the start of the message detailing the phone number to receive the call and the number (or Internet address) of the caller. Clever people have determined how to watch for calls, grab certain ones, and add value to them.

Phone calls become software, software switches control where data streams (including phone calls) go, and Internet speeds mean a call can be grabbed, rerouted to a special server, and then delivered without degrading the voice quality. A new age of telephone services are developing, and even traditional telephone users benefit.


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