How many years until General Direct Dialed telephony dies?

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As I'd posted this poll a week or so back, general direct-dialed telephony, a/k/a PSTN (public switched telephone networks) seem to be in trouble. I think we could be within five years of their total collapse. And no, not just land lines (already about 25% of their peak in much of the US), but _all_ direct-dialed phones: mobile and VOIP included.

The problem, as I'd written before, is paradoxically the _low_ cost of calls. This is inducing tremendous volumes of junk calls, with one ...

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... de facto government-granted monopoly) since *1913*, originally the Kingsbury Committment (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsbur). In the 1950s, additional restrictions, including on the sale of computer systems, meant that when a couple of upstart AT&T programmers wrote a game-playing system the company realised it couldn't sell it, and so gave it away for free. That was called Unix. (zork.net/seven-dollars/unix.ht)

My experience is that similar conditions lead to similar behaviours, and that we'll ...

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