VoIP reality check.
In the U.S., VoIP faces both technical and regulatory challenges. Traditional phone companies consider VoIP operators a serious threat and have been arguing to the FCC that they should be subject to the same rules and regulations traditional phone companies deal with. Several states are drafting IP telephony regulations; the furthest along is Minnesota, which has asked Vonage, an IP Telephony provider, to apply for certification as a phone company, and submit a list of its prices as well as a 911 emergency phone plan. However, a Minneapolis federal judge responded by barring the state of from regulating Vonage as a traditional phone service. This ruling might affect the regulatory activities in other states, or the FCC might step in with national regulations.
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|Title Annotation:||news updates|
|Publication:||Mobile Business Advisor|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2004|
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