Thanks to this year's most talked-about new technology, the cable man will be ringing doorbells to pitch a new offering: telephone service. But getting a foot in the door may prove trickier than investors expect.The phenomenon that threatens to crash the gates of telephone companies is known as voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP. Proponents have proclaimed that this development will remake the landscape, giving big cable TV companies such as Comcast (CMCSA - Get Report), Cox (COX) and Time Warner (TWX - Get Report) the final leg of a triple threat -- the ability to offer consumers television, Internet and now telephone service together, cheaply and reliably.
Net Phone Threat May Ring Hollow for Bells
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