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Thursday, March 11, 2004Telecom's new shape - In a few years, it "will be a sectorless industry," with phone, cable, and even power companies all selling the same communications servicesLocal-phone companies now sell long-distance. Long-distance companies sell wireless and Internet access. The situation will only get more confused this year, as cable companies and ISPs such as Earthlink (ELNK ) roll out voice services based on VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) in a big way, and as phone companies begin reselling satellite TV.The war has begun, and the telecom, cable, and related industries may be about to enter the bloodiest battle in their history.
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