By Yuki Noguchi in the Washington Post:
"Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable company, said yesterday it plans to roll out phone service over the Internet to all 21.5 million of its customers within the next year and a half, bringing the online technology into the mainstream.
The move could be the most significant challenge yet to traditional local phone companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., analysts said. Comcast has a well-established brand, and it can use its cable TV network to deliver telephone service, bypassing the established phone network altogether.
The company said it hopes to sign up 8 million customers for the $39.95-a-month phone service within five years by luring away customers from the regional phone companies. Cable and phone companies already compete directly in offering high-speed Internet service for computer users."