27 November 2006
Voice over IP (VoIP) technology provides many advantages to companies and individuals over both traditional telephone services and traditional IP communications. But, like other technologies, it also brings with it the potential for abuse. And as more people implement VoIP, we can also expect more frequent exploitation of this potential.
One growing concern is the possibility that unwanted VoIP advertising messages — often referred to as spam over Internet telephony, or SPIT — will overwhelm IP voice systems, much as email spam has overwhelmed email messaging systems. Over the years, spam has reduced much of the functionality of email — dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of unwanted email messages clogging up servers and users' inboxes to the point of driving many users away from email entirely.