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State VoIP regulatory debate continues
Vint Cerf (one of the co-creators of the TCP/IP protocol) and other industry insiders chime in on the recent push to regulate VoIP providers with the same measuring stick used for telcos. The state of Minnesota recently ruled that Vonage could not operate in the state unless they adhere to traditional telco guidelines. Other states are working on plans to follow suit. The push has resulted in some interesting discussion in our VoIP forums over how/if VoIP providers should be regulated.

Business Week explores the regulatory hurdles facing VoIP providers on a state to state basis. According to Vint Cerf, one of the 'co-fathers' of the web, 'to single out VOIP as a telephone service is a terrible misunderstanding of the Internet industry. I would submit that, someday, the phrase Internet telephony will sound as archaic as 'horseless carriage' sounds today.' One former FCC official claims the VoIP debate is 'forcing us to finally confront the irrationality of the current system.'"

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