Will Vonage IPO become America’s darling after NSA aftermath?

Vonage has recently announced their IPO. Then this huge blowout with the NSA wiretapping has gone to the next step with multiple major carriers implicated and many American citizens irate that their phone records and conversations may have been taken and/or stored in some format by the NSA taps.
This got me thinking. VoIP companies are not recognized under the same acts as telecommunication corporations. While they still have to take on responsibilities of most of the telecom, there are certain areas that could definitely help in the matter.
With a lot of people scared of their phone providers, there is a good chance that many will be switching to other means of telecommunications. And there probably is no better timing of the NSA wiretaps to have people running scared into Vonage’s lap.
It might sound like a far stretch, but the cards have been dealt. It’s up to Vonage on how they’re played.

  • An interesting thought, especially as I ponder the IPO. One one side, there are those who believe that the IPO is a way for the initial investors to get some of their money back since there is serious competation. On the other side, the positive-side, it could be another tech boom.

  • An interesting thought, especially as I ponder the IPO. One one side, there are those who believe that the IPO is a way for the initial investors to get some of their money back since there is serious competation. On the other side, the positive-side, it could be another tech boom.

  • Dan

    That is funny that you mention it because I was thinking this exact thing last night. After a little research it seems that it has been ruled that Vonage and other VoIP providers are mandated to comply with CALEA. “FCC Affirms VoIP Must Allow Snooping”
    Add that to the fact that former U.S. Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge happens to be on the Board of Directors for Vonage…
    On the other hand, it still bodes well for Vonage that many people are very mad at the telcos for releasing so much call data to the NSA as reported by USA Today last week.

  • Dan

    That is funny that you mention it because I was thinking this exact thing last night. After a little research it seems that it has been ruled that Vonage and other VoIP providers are mandated to comply with CALEA. “FCC Affirms VoIP Must Allow Snooping”
    Add that to the fact that former U.S. Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge happens to be on the Board of Directors for Vonage…
    On the other hand, it still bodes well for Vonage that many people are very mad at the telcos for releasing so much call data to the NSA as reported by USA Today last week.