RE: Internet vs. Telephone company

My question is: Have other people heard of similar attempts by the

telephone companies to have "metered Internet access"? > It seems they
would need a hardware level signal analyzer on their switching equipment
to differentiate between voice/data. >Does anyone know by what means
such a technology could be implemented?

Check out a product called 'Internet Thruway" that routes a call based
on the Called Number. The idea is for telcos to implement this product
as a back-end to their access network so calls being made to a Thruway
provider never reach the voice network. It is instead sent (via IP and
L2F) directly to the ISP's network. SBC is already committed to
deploying this in parts of Texas.

Check out the full story at and search on 'Internet

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