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Out of Germany today comes potentially good news for that nation's VoIP service providers. Hereto, they've been hampered by a rigorous phone number application process that required them to apply to phone company providers for batches of phone numbers to make available to subscribers.

Out of Germany today comes potentially good news for that nation's VoIP service providers. Hereto, they've been hampered by a rigorous phone number application process that required them to apply to phone company providers for batches of phone numbers to make available to subscribers.

Now, the German Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow VoIP suppliers to apply directly to the agency for phone numbers. Additionally, the minimum amount of numbers that would need to be applied for would be lowered from 1,000 to 100.

For any emerging technology, being able to carefully pick your spots is very important.

Those bite-sized (or byte-sized) chunks presumably would make it easier for VoIP service providers to acquire numbers in as many of that nation's 5,200 or so local phone networks as they wanted to.

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