I have a friend who is dealing with an issue that I had to deal with a
few years back. Seems that a salesperson has convinced influental
members of a legislative body that their organization is backwards
because they are not using VOIP instead of paying the local telephone
company for dial tone. So a "study" is being commissioned to
investigate why the organization is so backwards.
I feel for my
friend because it was not long ago that I faced the same issue.
It's not that we have anything against VOIP, it's that the majority of
buildings that house/d our organizations are OLD - as in
historic. And while they have so much of the old quad wiring in
them that you can put a standard telephone in almost every square inch,
there is not enough CAT 5 or 6 wire to accomodate the needed PC
Needless to say, wiring the old buildings isn't cheap
but no one ever wants to pony up the dollars for infrastructure.
So countless hours will be spent and meetings will be held to once
again prove that just because a fortune 500 company can put technology
to use, it is not always economical to do so in a government