So while we're sitting around in the US trying to figure out if VoIP providers need to be regulated, taxed, contribute to the Universal Service Fund, etc... We sometimes forget that other countries are going through similar regulatory debates. Case in point is the Philippines where the debate rages on how to legally define VoIP, etc.
Here is an excerpt of an article discussing the issue:
THE PHILIPPINES may still have to wait longer for telecommunication prices to go down while government decides on a regulation allowing voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to flourish in the country.
Industry players have said that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to issue a ruling that would finally open the Philippine market to commercial VoIP protocol service providers.
However, NTC chairman Ronald Solis flatly denied the rumors, adding that the agency is still working on a pending guideline regulating commercial VoIP services in the Philippines.