When stories like this start appearing, you know that the old guard is getting nervous.
In PR parlance we call it "depositioning." The art of trying to shift attention away from the competition and to your position when the other company is "hot."
If VoIP was so far off, why are all of the Telcos and Cable companies being so anxious to announce there plans, begin the sell in process and start talking about it? Are they getting scared an nervous that with a much smaller investment, almost any ISP with a national backbone, global peering relationships and eventually some true QoS from softswitches that manages call flows to maintain POTS level quality or better. You betcha they are.