Chuck Peters on 27 Aug 2010 12:21:32 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Google chat/video

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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Google chat/video
  • Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:21:25 -0400
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On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM, John Von Essen <> wrote:
I know this is OT, but how is this behavior from Google not illegal. AKA Sherman Anti-trust Act of 1890. Standard Oil. And so on...

Have you been talking to Verizon?  They would love people to think that! 

Google was not the first company to offer VOIP services and free calling from a computer to a land line, cell etc...

Google Voice (GV) generally requires you to receive phone calls via a cell or land line.  So that is how they are offering it for free, you still generally need a regulated phone service.  And until regulators allow us lower cost services like they should, we are stuck with our regional monopolies like Verizon.
Shit, if Google decided to get in the Wireless business and become their own cell carrier, they could bankrupt other carriers within a year. Google already has a nationwide network of backhaul fiber, all they need to do is start lighting cell towers.

Google's Nationwide Fiber does not include the last mile, that mostly regulated last mile. And mostly a local monopoly for that last mile... 

US Cell service costs much more and is slower than many parts of the world.  Wouldn't it be nice if we had a really competitive free market and didn't get ripped off for cell service?

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