In ninth grade World History, our teacher, Royal Black, yup, that was his name, no jive, was the first person I recall ever using the phrase "history always repeats," so I'm not surprised at Om's post today about the growing pains effecting VoIP.
When I got into the dot.com world outages were nothing uncommon. Heck, @Home had at least one a month in their early days, causing me all kinds of frustration, especially the ones caused by their stupidity.
Now VoIP companies are starting to have issues. These same issues effected the streaming media industry and the WiFi industry. Om draws a comparison to the RBOCs but he should read some of the complaints against them for service outages. He may find that they too have issues and the outages are not reserved for IP only carriers.