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FCC To States: No, You Can't

FCC To States: No, You Can't

To the angst of state regulators and budget-balancers but to the delight of the IP telephony industry, the FCC has just declared Vonages high-speed VoIP phone service interstate in nature. The ruling, which was widely anticipated,shields Vonage from state regulations such as certification and rate structures.

November 9, 2004 by in Government : US

Cat's Out Of The Bag: FCC Won't Let States Regulate VoIP

Cat's Out Of The Bag: FCC Won't Let States Regulate VoIP

I have it on the word of key VoIP industry insider Jeff Pulver -- that consistent with the expectations of industry watchers --the FCC will issue a ruling later today that prohibits states from "imposing economic regulations" on services such as Vonage. In fact, the insider'sPR representatives have sent me a comment on the ruling.

November 8, 2004 by in Telcos

Forsee Foresees FCC Ban On State VoIP Reg

Forsee Foresees FCC Ban On State VoIP Reg

Sprint CEO Gary Forsee both anticipates and hopesthat tomorrow's FCChearing on Vonage's petition to free that company from state regulation will help define the regulatory environment for VoIP and other advanced telephony services.Talking with reporters after a Yankee Group conference on telecommunications, Forsee said that "VoIP needs to be dealt with very quickly by the FCC," and urged the FCC to "make some declaratory rulings reasonably quickly.

November 8, 2004 by in Government : US

Sprint n' SWAG

Sprint n' SWAG

Today's Wall Street Journal article entitled "Cable Titans Discuss Offering Cellular Services, Intensifying Foray Into Telecom's Turf," mentions that several leading cable television providers are discussing a joint venture to offer cellphone services. The article mentions potential market-entry strategies as potentially involving the purchase of an existing cellular operator.

November 8, 2004 by in Networking

The Linksys/Vonage Router Deal: Is Linksys "Marrying Up?"

The Linksys/Vonage Router Deal: Is Linksys "Marrying Up?"

In research I performed earlier this year for a private client, I became very familiar with the wireless network router and gateway plans of leading players such as Cisco division Linksys and a host of competitors.As a group, we concluded that Linksys was going to be the router/gateway provider with the strong consumer focus.

November 8, 2004 by in Networking

IP In The Heart Of Taxes

IP In The Heart Of Taxes

Got several replies and trackbacks to my post analyzing the relative merits (or total lack thereof) of taxing VoIP at the federal, state, or local level.The general tone is that VoIP should not be taxed at all, except, perhaps by the call.

November 5, 2004 by in Government : US

Skype CEO: Why Regulate Us?

Skype CEO: Why Regulate Us?

Before you come back here, quick-click over to Silicon.com and read some cogent quotes from Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom about why software-only VoIP vendors such as Skype should not be regulated.

November 5, 2004 by in Networking

Spam In SIP?

Spam In SIP?

Some very smart people believe that the Session Initiation Protocol, a signaling protocol for Internet telephony and related multimedia communications,is vulnerable to spam attacks."It is important that the SIP community react now, rather than later, and define and deploy anti-spam measures before the problem arises," writes an unbylined author on the Sweden-based VOIP Forum site.

November 4, 2004 by in Networking

Go Ask Analysys: I Think They'll Know

Go Ask Analysys: I Think They'll Know

British-based research firm Analysys is out with a study today that claims that within four years, VoIP applications could claim 13 percent of the residential voice market in Western Europe. The trigger, Analysis analysts (say that five times, and fast) is free downloadable enabling softwaresuch as Skype.

November 4, 2004 by in Networking

Level 3: Love Me, Tender?

Level 3: Love Me, Tender?

Earlier today, Standard & Poor's downgraded its rating for telecommunications service provider Level 3 to what Reuters calls "deeper into junk territory." The straw that wrenched the camel's back seemed to be Level 3's cash tender offers for debt due in 2008.

November 3, 2004 by in Networking

Taking "Solis"

Taking "Solis"

Phil Solis, wireless connectivity analyst at ABI Research, views attractively pricedchipsetsas the impetus that will drive mass acceptance of VoIP Wi-Fi. His new report, Residential VoIP Markets, places emphasis on plans by Motorola to release dual cell-Wi-Fi handsets with VoIP capability in the next few months.

November 3, 2004 by in Networking

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