Probably the coolest discussion I had on VoIP was with my taxicab driver on the way to VON Canada 2004. Wearing a smart sport jacket and Bolle sunglasses, he expounded his advanced telecommunications theories to me as he navigated the streets of North York.
“I see a lot of Bell trucks everywhere,” he said. “Are they doing network expansion?” I pointed out that it could just be regular maintenance, although Bell is currently deploying OPI-DSLAMs to grab more ADSL customers. He shook his head. “No, they must be laying fibre. The future is in fibre.” He concluded that “Bell Canada sold BCE Emergis to get the money to expand their network before anybody else does.” He also pointed out that there was no longer any money in phone services, while waving his tiny cellphone at me. “Bell wants to expand into Voice over IP, and video!”
When I asked him how he learned about all this stuff, he proudly proclaimed, “I listen to 680 News on the radio, all day!”