Thursday, February 15, 2007

Missouri Federal Court vs. VOIP

Because the FCC has yet to rule that VOIP is not a telecom service, federal court ruled in favor of the Missouri PSC. Comcast's Digital Voice service will be regulated like PSTN voice. It can be state regulated, since many calls are intra-state. That means CLEC licensing. IXC licensing.

Missouri utility regulators will pursue action to compel Comcast to apply for an operating certificate for its telephone operation in the state, bolstered by a federal court ruling affirming that state officials have the authority to interpret federal policy on some voice-over-Internet Protocol products. The ruling, issued Jan. 18 by Judge Nanette Laughrey of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, came in response to a suit Comcast filed last October to determine if the Missouri Public Service Commission lacked legal authority to classify Comcast's Digital Phone product as a telephone service subject to state authority.

Broadcast Newsroom has the details.

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