Minnesota PUC calls "time out," but they are still chomping at the bit

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission temporarily suspended its effort to regulate Internet phone service in the state.But that doesn't mean the PUC has done a 180 on their thinking.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission temporarily suspended its effort to regulate Internet phone service in the state.

But that doesn't mean the PUC has done a 180 on their thinking. They are holding their breath in the hope that either the courts or Congress modify the recent Federal Communications Commission order claiming sole jurisdiction over VoIP services.

Maybe more than "holding their breath." Chomping at the bit in hopes of more revenue is my read.

But all the other IP commentators and bloggers are missing the bigger picture. For the last two years, Minnesota has been ruled by a conservative, tax-averse Governor and a state house controlled by the same party. Governor Tim Pawlenty is still in place, but Democrats have picked up some seats.

I wonder if thismore balanced politicalequation will foster an atmosphere where alternative revenue-generation ideas that will be able to pass regulatory and judicial muster will trump Minnesota's longing desire to tax VoIP services.

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