said by Trev:
What are the costs and main criteria for VCX membership?
VCX membership costs $10,000 USD per month independent of company revenue. The VCXC actively seeks members representing all areas of the world as well as all service provider categories without regard to the traditional definitions of telephone companies. VCXC serves companies offering a range of end user communication services in either a retail or wholesale capacity.
Well they sure won't get "all service provider categories" at that cost.
What on earth do you get for $ 10,000 a month?
Because 10,000 a month times 12 months times about 45 members is over 5 million dollars.
Typical corporate waste.
So they rent an office, make a fancy website, hire some pretty secretaries....
Five million dollars!
Ah, well, I see that Daniel Berninger is involved.
The collaboration FWIW could have been done for free using software from OpenOffice and a web service like Dropbox....
Having the same price for tiny companies, medium companies, and huge companies, is also poor policy. As was said, it will keep out two types of companies: those that are smaller but still potentially important, and those that spend their money prudently.
I see that companies like Comcast, Neustar, and CenturyLink were smart enough to avoid this boondoggle. [CenturyLink is the 3rd largest POTS company in the US].
TelCordia was apparently smart also, although now they'll come in as part of their new owners Ericsson.
EDIT: As noted below by Nitzan: Vonage, MagicJack/VocalTec, Bandwidth.com, and Level-3 also are smart enough to save their money.
Following the Manhattan storm disaster, Verizon has decided to massively start replacing copper wire with fiber.
And they didn't need this 5 million dollar a year committee to decide that for them.