FCC Clears More Roadblocks for VoIP

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled Nov. 8 that VoIP is an interstate form of communication that is free from state jurisdiction and regulation.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell said the issue of state taxation of VoIP and other details still need to be worked out and will be announced in a decision in early 2005.

VoIP, being offered as a viable alternative to plain old telephone service (POTS), is being watched by the alarm and security monitoring industries, as VoIP may have compatibility issues with alarm systems.


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