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  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    If voip.ms tried something similar, first of all they would go out of business and would make no sense as they are not an ISP and have no benefit to this like your ISP does, but also it would be straight up illegal and you'd sue the crap out of them.

    With an ISP, you can't prove intent, even though we all know that they bank on it and use it constantly to make you afraid to switch services, and you know that you are agreeing to the risk up front, so you have zero recourse.

    So in one case, they have no real ability to do it, and no reason to do it. In the other they have every ability to do it, and every reason to want to.

    See how they are as different as can reasonably be?

    This is only the case if the two services are linked in any fashion what so ever.
    i.e., the OP can't use another ISP to access Centurylink's SIP. Which as of my current reading - hasn't been confirmed.

    Now Cox for example - you're absolutely right - they can definitely hose you - though it's still different. Cox provides a completely separate connection for SIP than they do internet - at least with regards to coax. On fiber - they would deliver via the same physical plant, but I'm suspecting that there would be a completely unique channel on that fiber just for VOIP traffic. I know there is different router equipment just for the SIP traffic I'm getting from Cox, versus the internet traffic I was getting from Cox all via that fiber connection.



  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    You have to be really, really careful when doing "what if" risk that zero emotions come into play. A phone carrier might sound risky, and it has shark-like risks. But your ISP is a bathtub risk... it hurts people all the time.

    What makes a phone carrier so much less risky than an ISP.

    They both deliver last mile service to their customers - where, granted, most of the problems occur.

    Back when I used to have traditional copper based phone, it almost never went down. Ever since getting cable modems, the outages by comparison to copper phone connections have increased dramatically! - why is that? Are networks at that scale just inherently unstable? more difficult to keep equipment running? more prone to environmental failures, etc, etc, etc?



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    What makes a phone carrier so much less risky than an ISP.

    Watch the video. Physical infrastructure is out of the vendor's control and is always at high risk, always. Servers are low risk, they are easily protected. It's just system failure rates. Phone carriers have very little equipment that is easy to make redundant. ISPs rely on many moving parts that are highly exposed and often impossible to make redundant. Result: phone systems are vastly more available than ISP resources, even though ISPs spend billions and the phone carriers spend thousands.

    It's like asking which is more likely to experience a failure... a filing cabinet or the national highway infrastructure.

    Everyone uses filing cabinets and most people never see one fail. People driving on the highway experience construction or accidents every few weeks of driving (or more.) Has nothing to do with cost, it's about complexity. There is no way to build a highway that fails less than a basic filing cabinet, it's just not feasible.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    They both deliver last mile service to their customers - where, granted, most of the problems occur.

    No, they do not. One IS last mile, the other is not in the slightest last mile but is a datacenter service. Totally different things.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    Back when I used to have traditional copper based phone, it almost never went down.

    Everyone says this, but back in the POTS era, I knew all kinds of outages, some going for years that the phone companies could not fix. That POTS "always worked" is one of those rose coloured glasses myths. Back then, we never said things never failed, now looking back suddenly we do.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    the outages by comparison to copper phone connections have increased dramatically! - why is that? Are networks at that scale just inherently unstable? more difficult to keep equipment running? more prone to environmental failures, etc, etc, etc?

    This is because you've changed your definition of an outage. In the old days, you accepted "any signal on th eline" as "up", today if the signal isn't absolutely pristine, you consider it "down". Because it used to be analogue audio, not digital data. The lines today carries literally tens of thousands times the data than they used to, at thousands of times the quality. If all you wanted to was to "make sound" over the lines, today's lines are way more reliable.

    QUality has gone up, but not as fast as customer expectations.



  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    They both deliver last mile service to their customers - where, granted, most of the problems occur.

    No, they do not. One IS last mile, the other is not in the slightest last mile but is a datacenter service. Totally different things.

    Centurylink was a phone carrier LONG before they were an ISP... they definitely provided last mile.

    Granted, the advent of SIP allowed a divorce between physical infrastructure and the phone carrier, but that means you're looking only at businesses that have moved to that model... and granted, most old school carriers/ISPs have not.



  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    Back when I used to have traditional copper based phone, it almost never went down.

    Everyone says this, but back in the POTS era, I knew all kinds of outages, some going for years that the phone companies could not fix. That POTS "always worked" is one of those rose coloured glasses myths. Back then, we never said things never failed, now looking back suddenly we do.

    Clearly the infrastructure where you worked and lived and experienced had these kinds of issues in spades, many of us elsewhere have never experienced the problems you speak about - months longs outages, etc. I'm not saying they don't happen, I'm sure in crappy parts of whatever they certainly do happen, they just aren't universal.

    The video was great though - I do appreciate how you broke out the last mile companies versus the services that can, and often do, live in a DC. Though I think you should redo your video and use "last mile provider" not phone carrier versus ISP. CenturyLink/AT&T/Verizon, etc are all carriers AND ISPs it's only the last mile issue that generates all the risk you're speaking of. The novices watching all of the Professor videos could easily be confused by you not allowing for CenturyLink to be a phone carrier - which they clearly are - and how they started life, but expanding to say 'last mile provider' would clearly show the line you're talking about.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    Centurylink was a phone carrier LONG before they were an ISP... they definitely provided last mile.

    No, you are STILL talking about the ISP portion. You aren't understanding the difference between the phone service and the physical infrastructure. They were still two different things long ago.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    Granted, the advent of SIP allowed a divorce between physical infrastructure and the phone carrier, but that means you're looking only at businesses that have moved to that model... and granted, most old school carriers/ISPs have not.

    Yes, they have. All have, long ago. They just bundle it and hope you don't realize it, which is working. CenturyLink's phone service and ISP are two totally separate things under the hood.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    Clearly the infrastructure where you worked and lived and experienced had these kinds of issues in spades, many of us elsewhere have never experienced the problems you speak about - months longs outages, etc. I'm not saying they don't happen, I'm sure in crappy parts of whatever they certainly do happen, they just aren't universal.

    It's the "gets lucky" effect. In infrastructure, you tend to get nine people with zero problems, and one with giant ones. If you work with lots of customers, regions, carriers, you start to get averages. If you only ever look at your own, or a few, you tend to either see insane numbers of outages, or zero. Most people report zero, but all reports of zero are meaningless. Just like RAID failures. This is why understanding WHY things fail is required, and all observation of success is meaningless.

    Understanding statistics and failure dispersion is required here.



  • @Dashrender said in FreePBX with Centurylink IQ SIP ...:

    CenturyLink/AT&T/Verizon, etc are all carriers AND ISPs

    But all, by law, and by physical necessity, MUST operate them as two different things. That one company owns two businesses is just common sense. That's not relevant, it's still bundling versus not bundling. And none of them pretend that they are combined, all of those sell them separately, proving the point.


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