Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Joyce on CALEA for VoIP

Attorney Frederick Joyce writes about the CALEA requirement for VoIP Providers in Xchange mag and in New Telephony. It's a must read for a legal brief on VOIP.

More and more it appears as if VoIP service providers are being treated by the FCC like traditional telecommunications carriers; they now are subject to federal Enhanced 911 requirements, federal wiretapping and electronic surveillance obligations (under the federal Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA), and now these USF payment obligations. Still, the FCC has yet to formally define VoIP as a telecommunications service under the Communications Act. While this has spared VoIP service providers from some legal burdens such as state certification and tariff obligations, it also means that VoIP service providers will be denied some of the benefits of that regulated status (including the ability to qualify for USF payment subsidies and to obtain certain local network elements at wholesale rates) while increasingly being asked to shoulder various regulatory burdens.

Another legal interview at TMC.

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