Thursday, December 11, 2003
VoIP still needs breathing room -- Jeff Pulver
Jeff Pulver on CNET News says VoIP still needs breathing room:
"Officially, the FCC says it is just taking these actions to 'gather public comment on the appropriate regulatory environment' for Internet calling. The FCC seems to be rushing to judgment.Seems to me that the right regulatory move is forbearance. Jeff has petitioned the FCC for his free VoIP app -- Free World Dialup -- to be classified as an information service. Both options are relatively low-reg paths.
Forgive me for being skeptical, but there is just too much potential at stake.
One person who does not have the slightest doubt that the FCC is ready to begin choking this promising technology in federal regulation is Reed Hundt, the commission's former chairman. Earlier this month, speaking to a convention of wireless Internet users, he issued a stark warning that the federal government had Internet calling in its sight. 'I ran this agency,' Hundt said. 'I know you should be suspicious.' "
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