Taking baby steps on VoIP regulations

March 2004
America's Network;3/1/2004, Vol. 108 Issue 4, p12
Trade Publication
This article reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have raised many more questions than it answered with its recent ruling about Internet telephony technology. One on hand, the FCC was quite clear in deciding that one form of the developing technology is not bound by the rules and expenses of traditional telephone service. On the other hand, the agency whetted the appetite of an entire industry concerned about what is coming next, as well as precisely when it might be coming. many service providers are thinking the same way. The FCC still has six or seven open regulatory matters involving telephone service to decide. In its decision, the FCC ruled the Free World Dialup service offered by the Pulver.com is not subject to the rules of conventional phone service.


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