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