VoIP Regulation

By | October 21, 2004

FCC Chairman Michael Powell continues to behave in a startling reasonable way when he announced that he will seek federal control over VoIP regulation. The IP telephony industry is definitely taking off and I think it would be a shame if the small, innovative companies that have jump started the whole thing were to get mired in regulation that varies widely from state to state. That would be a clear invite for the big players with their armies of lawyers to sweep in and begin to stake out new monopolies.

I think this step counts as fulfilling item 10 on Voxilla’s top ten predictions for VoIP in 2004 – FCC steps in on regulation. Also, I still stand by my belief that this is not a bad thing.

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