[VoiceOps] [External] Re: [External] Re: [External] Re: 9-8-8 dialing when an outside line access code (9) is being used

Alex Balashov abalashov at evaristesys.com
Tue Jul 19 14:05:29 EDT 2022

> On Jul 18, 2022, at 9:26 PM, Hunter Fuller via VoiceOps <voiceops at voiceops.org> wrote:
> (Aside from "it was initially done for a reason that is no longer
> relevant" - that does not hold water to me because phone numbers
> themselves exist for the same reason. If we invented VoIP today,
> everyone would use SIP URIs only, so it would be the same as your
> email address.)

Well. Maybe. But phone numbers continue to serve a defensible purpose as a universally routable identifier. 

You can argue that their structure or format is obsolete, but you can’t say they don’t *do* anything. You can still send a call to a number to a PSTN switch and it will know where - anywhere in the world - to send it. Billions of people rely on this functionality daily. It does work.

Dialing an “outside line”, in contrast, serves _no_ purpose, because there literally is no “outside line”. The only reason to continue it is to perpetuate user custom and habit.

— Alex

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