... some enterprising phone companies, aided by local regulators, have taken to encouraging entrepreneurs to set up businesses that attract lots of inbound calls. Those include the free conference calling services, free fax lines and telephone pornography. The phone companies rebate some of the high call termination fees they receive to the companies running these services...So revenues generated from gaming the interconnect system can be used to subsidize phone porn to attract incoming calls and generate interconnect fees.
Now AT&T wants Google Voice to connect to these services so they have to pay up too.
Well, at least now we understand the business model for those flaky free fax send services.
This looks bad enough on the face of it, but, naturally, I think it's worse than it looks.
This kind of institutionalized lunacy is the kind of thing you expect to see in a senile nation. It's of the same cloth as medical bills that have little connection to value delivered or insurance payment received.
If we can't deal with this kind of crap, we ought to invite a more energetic nation to take over our operation.