Michigan county turning to VoIP to reduce costs

    In Muskegon County, Michigan, the local government plans to consolidate its current telephony infrastructure into a new business phone service system built on voice over IP technologies, the Muskegon Chronicle reported.

    The plan involves using a county-owned fiber-optic cable line to enable VoIP services for a variety of government offices. This will reduce the costs of communications while also improving reliability and system performance, the news source explained.

    Installing the system would involve consolidating phone systems between a variety of municipal offices and sharing internet resources to power the VoIP connection. The report said the savings would be considerable if all of the organizations with access to the fiber-optic line choose to participate. Current estimates claim that $2 million will be saved over 10 years if all government offices eligible for the VoIP connection get involved.

    This kind of savings combined with reliability and improved performance can be achieved in the enterprise sector as well. VoIP essentially removes all costs for long-distance calling, turning all of a business' phone charges into a more manageable sum. This drastically reduces expenses while providing a technologically advanced platform that improves overall performance and business continuity capabilities.