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||Mon, June 19, 2000 at 2:16 PM GMT
||Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.0 using Windows 98
||convergence of phone and internet IP numbering
IMHO there is no need for a convergence of any kind between IP adresses and phone.
But there is a need for a clear understanding of where is an IP adress geographically
The experience of the CCITT X.121 may help in avoiding telephone oddities
What I mean is that the need is not for a conceptual convergence
but for pragamatic advantages. The two level approach of the internet (IP + DNs)
permits a lot of 'convergences' including a ".tel" gTLD where the DNs would be telephone
numbers. Radio frequencies, political and jurisdictional areas will be of the essence
rather than telephone areas. When a Juge will forbid the access to a site or to a
product in his juridiction, or a city will want to rise local e-taxes. Existing Telephone
solutions (not theoretical ones) do not offer a reponse: area codes are too large
and overlaps make them inappropriate.