VoIP, Vonage, The FCC and Regulation

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VoIP, Vonage, The FCC and Regulation

Vonage Holdings is really paving the way for a slew of VoIP service providers as they fight regulatory battle after battle. In a lost appeal to a recent Vonage win, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission argues that VoIP phone service should be regulated as phone companies are. There is still the chance that states will be allowed to tax VoIP. We will have to wait and see how this plays out but in the mean time there can be no more damaging problem for a new industry than having court cases and FCC commissioners making new rules as we go along. We need to put the matter to bed once and for all. VoIP is one of the few technologies driving the worlds economy and it has the potential to save billions of dollars for consumers around the world. The fact that we need to really play the industrys future by ear is ridiculous. I call out to our regulators and politicians to figure out how you are going to deal with VoIP once and for all and put an end to legal wrangling that in no way benefits the industry or serves the common good. Here is more news on the topic if you are interested.


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