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8.5. Broadband Phone Politics

How serious are some telephone companies taking all these broadband phone companies? Pretty seriously. Add in the fact that the government-run traditional telephone company remains the only company in many repressive countries, and you can have some bizarre laws.

Widely reported in late February by such news organizations as CMP (www.techweb.com/wire/networking/60403862), broadband phone users in Costa Rica may face serious consequences. The national telephone company's revenues have dropped because of peer-to-peer telephone connections over the Internet. When reported that 20% of the country's international calls go over broadband instead of the state-run telephone monopoly, bureaucrats got nervous. And nervous bureaucrats in countries with government-owned telephone monopolies tend to make things they don't like illegal.


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