[November 19, 2004]

FCC VoIP Decision and SBC Goes After VoIP Providers

( EMAILWIRE.COM, November 19, 2004 ) CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - The FCC recently issued an order that pre-empts the Minnesota Public Utility Commission's regulation of Vonage and its VoIP service. The FCC clearly stated that federal interests pre-empt state interests in the Vonage case.


"The FCC order is a clear indication where the FCC is heading with VoIP regulation," said Allan Tumolillo, COO of Probe Financial Associates. "While this decision applies solely to Vonage, it is clear that the FCC believes VoIP service is an information service, not a telecom service."

"This issue will be fully assessed in its IP docket which not only must address the definitional issue of VoIP, but all of the related issues of universal service fund, intercarrier compensation, section 251 rights and obligations, numbering, disability access under the ADA, and consumer protection."

While the FCC is pushing along on VoIP and taking it away from the 51 local PUCs, SBC has filed its own intercarrier termination tariff with the FCC. SBC proposed a dramatic restructuring of the termination tariffs and has taken the initiative with the FCC.

PFA's new report, "FCC VoIP Decision and SBC Goes After VoIP Providers" analyzes the significance of the FCC's actions.
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