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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... though I think I've got some sense of the terrain ahead and useful lessons from the past.

Thoughts?

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@dredmorbius

> Thoughts?

That's probably the longest tootstorm I've seen in my entire life, and by a wide margin. Have you considered making it a blogpost? You (used to?) run a subreddit.

@temporal I've written longer ;-)

And yes, I'm sort of pent-up from not having a blog to write to. That's being worked on.

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