China Cracks Down on VoIP, including Skype

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China Cracks Down on VoIP, including Skype

China is cracking down on VoIP applications such as Skype, which is impacting the profits of state-owned carriers.

"We are carrying out with relevant authorities a campaign to crack down on illegal Voice over Internet Protocol phone services", the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a circular posted online earlier this month. They did not offer specifics on the crackdown or when they would be shutting down illegal Voice over Internet services. The ministry also listed a telephone hotline for citizens to report any violations. You know, report your neighbor using Skype to call grandma and stuff. They'll the Chinese authorities can come break down your door and smash your Skype-enabled PC. Computers_comp26

Gotta love communism and socialist societies.

"It's ridiculous," said Kan Kaili, a professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. "VoIP is a popular technology worldwide."

Via People Daily & Yahoo News

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