The Federalist Society

Listening to VOIP

October 1, 2004

Julian Gehman

The current debate in Congress and at the FCC over regulating voice over Internet protocol (“VOIP”) highlights the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Government over-taxed and over-regulated the public telephone network. By contrast, the building blocks of VOIP — unregulated and unruly Internet, Internet protocol and computer operating system – flourished while they were off government’s radar screen. VOIP won the battle for the market, due in large part to over-regulation of the public network. Now, government wants to over-tax and over-regulate VOIP. We should stop government from running VOIP into the ground....

Listening to VOIP  


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