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Round Table

… ON AN FCC RULING DECLARING INTERNET PHONE SERVICE OFFERED BY VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. IS NOT SUBJECT TO TRADITIONAL STATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATIONS.

“I strongly support the FCC’s decision to exempt Internet telephony from state regulation. VoIP services offer innovative new ways for consumers to communicate, and blur the traditional distinctions between intra- and interstate telephone services. To subject this emerging global technology to the quagmire of 51 possible sets of regulations in the U.S. alone would suffocate both quality and cost-efficient choice.”


- U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee


“We need a framework for consumer protection. We need a framework to address intercarrier compensation, state and federal universal service, and the impact on rural America. But all I see coming out of this particular decision is more questions.”
- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps


“Numerous regulators understand that a patchwork of varying state rules could kill the emerging VoIP industry and eliminate greater choice for consumers.”
- Florida Public Service Commissioner Charles Davidson


“By getting a free ride on that infrastructure without compensating the carriers that maintain these networks, VoIP providers continue to gain a significant advantage. And, by usurping states’ ability to regulate these providers, the commission has created an unfair competitive advantage over those telecom carriers that are regulated at both the state and federal levels.”

-National Telecommunications Cooperative Association CEO Michael Brunner


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