"VoIP is really just another application on the Internet. Nothing special about it."
--Vint Cerf

 

 

 

 

Welcome to my Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) outlet. 

In some respects a December 2003 FCC VoIP Forum may well have been a watershed event in focusing attention on VoIP at the state, federal, and indeed international level, thus that is the starting point for this effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Currently Skype is not subject to telecommunications regulation, therefore we do not have any legal obligation to provide any means for interception. This is software that's not any different from e-mail or chat"--Niklas Zennstrom, CEO, Skype, Stockholm, Sweden

And that about sums up the lack of clarity surrounding the growing phenomenon of communicating via data packets over non-traditional conduits, in particular the global Internet.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a major December 1, 2003 Forum reviewing the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) sector.  The Forum was Chaired by FCC Commissioner Michael Powell.

FCC Commissioner's Kathleen Abernathy, Michael Copps, Kevin Martin, and Jonathan Adelstein also presided over the Forum.

Industry leaders such as Jeff Pulver (Pulver.com), Tom Evslin (ITXC), Charles Giancarlo (Cisco Systems), Jeffrey Citron (Vonage), James Crowe (Level 3), Kevin Werbach (Supernova Group), John Billock (Time Warner Cable), John Hodulik (UBS),  testified, as did  public sector representatives, Carl Wood (California PUC), Charles Davidson (Florida PSC), and Michael Gallagher (U.S. Department of Commerce).  Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden (Univ. of Wisconsin), represented a portion of the academic community. 

My quick take of the event in respect to VoIP is the cart truly has gotten before the horse, meaning the technology and service is outpacing traditional telephone companies as well as U.S. state-federal and international regulators, grappling with issues such as universal service, taxation, e-911, and law enforcement.

Looking at the recent flurry of announcements from AT&T, Time-Warner Cable, Qwest, Cox, MCI, and others it is apparent that cart is indeed in acceleration mode.

TMCNet.com has produced a synopsis of the December 1, 2003 Forum (complete with links to prepared remarks).

 

VoIP Deployment

Cable Operators:

  • No. 1 cable operator Comcast is testing VoIP near Philadelphia and will add Hartford, Conn.; Springfield, Mass.; and Indianapolis in 2004

  • Cablevision recently made VoIP available to 4 million New York City homes at $34.95 for unlimited local and long-distance.

  • Cox has nearly a million phone customers in 11 markets and will add more markets in 2004. In its two most mature markets Orange County, Calif., and Omaha about 4% to 50% of its subscribers have signed up for phone service, spokesman Bobby Amirshahi says.
    Source: USA Today

  • Time Warner Cable, the second-largest US cable group, has joined forces with MCI and Sprint, in anticipation of offering telephone service to 18 million cable system passed homes.  Source: Financial Times-New York Times

Telephone & Other Operators:

  • AT&T
  • Qwest
  • BT Corp
  • Vonage
  • Net2Phone

 

VoIP Defined

VoIP (voice over IP - that is, voice delivered using the Internet Protocol) is a term used in IP telephony for a set of facilities for managing the delivery of voice information using the Internet Protocol (IP). In general, this means sending voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit-committed protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN).

Voice Over IP (VoIP) : Overview

Enterprise VoIP Glossary

 

VoIP (and ancillary offshoot) Press-Discussion
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Sprint Prepares to Cut the Cord, Yuki Noguchi, The Washington Post June 5, 2005

Vonage Appears on Verge of Wireless VoIP, Keith Regan, E-Commerce Times, May 16, 2005

Is VoIP Service Next Big Target For Hackers?, Erik Larkin, Medill News Service, May 5, 2005

ICANN Bosses Slam Net Phone Regulation, Renai LeMay, CNET News.com, April 15, 2005

Internet Phone Service Creating Chatty Network, Ethan Todras-Whitehill, The New York Times, March 24, 2005

Justices Take Up Future Of  Net Access, James S. Granelli, The Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2005

Telecoms Fight Plans For Public Networks, Jonathan Krim, The Washington Post, December 2, 2004

The Web: Tax Policies Far From Settled, Gene J. Koprowski, UPI, December 1, 2004

Waving Hello From A Distance, Michael Marriott, The New York Times, November 25, 2004

Report: Fast Internet Use Doubles In U.S., Ted Bridis, Associated Press, November 22, 2004

Users Should Be Wary Of Fly-By-Night VoIP Service Providers, Paul Travis, Information Week, November 22, 2004

Moratorium On Web Taxes Advances, Jonathan Krim, The Washington Post, November 18, 2004

VoIP Backers Should Celebrate Bush Win, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, November 15, 2004

More Bosses Getting Into The Telecommuting Biz, Stephanie Armour, USA Today, November 2, 2004

U.S. High-Speed Internet Policy Faulted, Jeffry Bartash, CBS MarketWatch.com, October 26, 2004

A New Twist On Unwired Calls, Gary Krakow, MSNBC News, October 26, 2004

City Of Los Angeles Will Test Wireless Broadband, Pipeline News, October 26, 2004

False Promises, Failed Initiatives (U.S. Broadband deployment), John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, October 19, 2004

FCC Approves New Broadband Hookups, Yuki Noguchi, The Washington Post(RR), October 15, 2004

Vonage Talks About 911 Advancements, Ben Charny, CNET News.com , October 13, 2004

VoIP Regulation Worries Re-Surface At Telecom '04, Paul Kapustka, TechWeb News, October 12, 2004

Phone Line Alchemy: Copper Into Fiber, Ken Belson, The New York Times(RR), October 11, 2004

VeriSign Nears New Net Phone Deals, Ben Charny, CNET News.com , October 11, 2004

Optical Networking: The Next Generation, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, October 11, 2004

Internet Phone Service Seen Booming, Jeffry Bartash, CBS MarketWatch.com(RR), October 7, 2004

Skype Readies Business Telephone Offering, Ben Charny, CNET News.com , October 6, 2004

The Technologist Who Has Michael Powell's Ear, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, September 30, 2004

Free Net Phone Upstart Sues Vonage, Fry's, Richard Shim and Evan Hansen, CNET News.com , September 29, 2004

Broadband Dreams And Multicast 'Beams' Vint Cerf, CNET News.com , September 29, 2004

Can Skype Live Up To The Net Phone Hype? Ben Charny, CNET News.com , September 27, 2004

Big Wi-Fi Project For Philadelphia, Bob Teceschi, The New York Times(RR), September 27, 2004

VoIP Provider Fears Predatory Practices, Ben Charny, CNET News.com , September 20, 2004

Barbarians At The Digital Gate, Timothy L. O'Brien and Saul Hansell, The New York Times(RR), September 19, 2004

Florida Hurricane No Match For VoIP, W.David Gardner, TechWeb News, September 16, 2004

FCC Chief Pushes TV Via High-Speed Internet Lines, Justin Hyde, Reuters, September 16, 2004

Defense In Depth For VoIP Networks, Dave Roberts, E-Commerce Times, September 13, 2004

Public Fiber Tough To Swallow, John Gartner, Wired, September 13, 2004

Grading Bush On Tech, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com (Perspective), September 13, 2004

Trends: Web Conferencing Comes Of Age, Jack M. Germain, E-Commerce Times, September 11, 2004

FCC Insists Broadband Deployment Improving, Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters, September 9, 2004

The Future Of Phone Calls, John C. Dvorak, CBS MarketWatch (RR), September 8, 2004

Talking Heads Are Catching On As Web Meetings Take Off, Barbara De Lolis, USA Today, September 7, 2004

Behind In Broadband: New Policies Are Needed To Help The U.S. Catch Up,  Catherine Yang, Moon Ihlwan, Hiroko Tashiro, Business Week, September 6, 2004

Philadelphia Joins List Of Cities Seeking Wireless Net For All, David B. Caruso, Associated Press, September 1, 2004

Convergence Of Voice And Data Is Driving IP PBX Market, W. David Gardner, TechWeb News, August 31, 2004

Broadband and Digital TV Will Drive Global Consumer Services, Networking Pipeline, August 31, 2004

AT&T chief refuses to 'miss' VoIP, Dawn Kawamoto & Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 30, 2004

Internet2: 2004 And Beyond, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, August 24, 2004

Verizon Blames Federal Rules For Broadband Holdup, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, August 24, 2004

Internet Calls Add Foreign Accent, Paul Davidson, USA Today, August 16, 2004

Covad Adds New Line--Voip, Jim Hu, CNET News.com, August 12, 2004

'Push To Talk' Meets WiFi, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 11, 2004

Alternative Telephone Operators To Embrace WiMax: Study, Mobile Pipeline News, August 10, 2004

Net Phone Customers Brace For 'VoIP Spam,' Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 10, 2004

Farenheit FBI, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, August 9, 2004

Wi-Fi Phones Make A Splash, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 5, 2004

Feds Backup Wiretap Rules For VoIP, Declan McCullagh and Ben Charny , CNET News.com, August 4, 2004

So Long To Long Distance? Christopher Stern, WashingtonPost.com(RR), August 4, 2004

VoIP: Finally Worth A Look, Craig Ellison and Oliver Kaven, PC Magazine, August 3, 2004

Broadband: Cable, DSL Face Threats, Jim Hu, CNET News.com July 29, 2004

Battle Brews Over Rules For Phones Over Internet, Stephen Labaton and Matt Richtel, The New York Times(RR), July 28, 2004

Bells Are Catching Up In Battle For Broadband, Ken Belson, The New York Times(RR), July 28, 2004

Bush Advisers Tout Broadband Success, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, July 28, 2004

Broadband: South Korea Leads The Way, John Borland and Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com July 28, 2004

Broadband: Why Policies Must Change, John Borland, CNET News.com July 27, 2004

Broadband: A Lifesaving Technology, John Borland and Jim Hu, CNET News.com July 26, 2004

Broadband: Bandwidth Roundtable (leading thinkers discuss Broadband's direction), CNET News.com July 26, 2004

Taxes On Tap For Internet Chat?, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, July 26, 2004

Critic Pans IRS Suggestion On VoIP Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, July 8, 2004

Federal Lawmakers Bid For VoIP Control, Roy Mark, Internetnews.com, July 7, 2004

Congress Runs Into VoIP DivideDeclan McCullagh, CNET News.com, July 7, 2004

Can VoIP Survive Congress?Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com (perspective), July 5, 2004

IRS Eyes Net Phone TaxesDeclan McCullagh, CNET News.com, July 6, 2004

Vonage Beats Back New York Ruling, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, June 30, 2004

The 411 On VoIP, Leon Erlanger, E-Commerce Times, June 21, 2004

Senate To Debate Net Phone Regulations, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, June 14, 2004

Phone Wars Ignore Industry Trends, Jon Van, Chicago Tribune, June 12, 2004

BT Plans Universal Broadband, Graeme Weardon, CNET News.com, June 10, 2004

Primus Enters The Internet Phone Battle, Ellen Simon, AP, June 10, 2004

Intel Brings Wireless Broadband To Chinese Cities, CNET News.com, June 10, 2004

VoIP: The Right Call, Charlotte Wolter, PC Magazine, June 22, 2004

AT&T Plans Net Phone Trials In Asia, Europe, Dinesh C. Sharma, CNET News.com, June 7, 2004

VoIP Provider Dusts Off Free Call Strategy, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, June 7, 2004

Why The FCC Should Die, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com (perspective), June 7, 2004

Net Telephony Company Eyes Overseas Calls, Matt Hines, CNET News.com, June 7, 2004

Regulators Tackle Wireless Broadband Issues, Richard Shim, CNET News.com, June 2, 2004

Wireless Pioneer Keeps Clearwire In The Shadows, Ben Charny & Richard Shim, CNET News.com, June 2, 2004

McCaw To Unveil Wireless Broadband Service, Reuters, June 2, 2004

VoIP Spells Bundle of Issues For Cable Giants, Scott Moritz, The Street.com, June 2, 2004

CWA Argues Telecom Status For VoIP, TechWeb News, June 2, 2004

Is VoIP Ready For Emergencies?, Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek Online, May 24, 2004

Net Phoning Is Starting To Make Sense, Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek Online, May 24, 2004

New York Defines Vonage As Teleco Provider, TechWeb News, May 19, 2004

New York Classifies Vonage As Phone Company, Evan Hansen, CNET News.com, May 19, 2004

Cell-Phone Service Taps Into Net For VoIP, David Gardner, TechWeb News, May 12, 2004

Capellas: Net Telephony Is The Future, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, May 11, 2004

MCI-Microsoft Team Up, Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service, May 11, 2004

VoIP: To Tax Or Not To Tax, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, April 28, 2004

Good Morning, Vietnam: Country Wakes Up To VoIP, David Gardner, TechWeb News, April 28, 2004

Cisco, Ericson Form Partnership To Sell (VoIP) Gear, Ben Klayman, Reuters, April 28, 2004

Virtella CEO Van Gelb On The Future Of VoIP, Jay Lyman, Technews World, April 28, 2004

Morgan Stanley Dials Up Avaya VoIP, Martin Middlewood, CRM Buyer, April 27, 2004

Senate Debates Net Access Tax, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, April 26, 2004

Bush: Broadband For The People By 2007, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, April 26, 2004

Navini To Sell NetToPhone's VoIP Service, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 26, 2004

Feds Want To Eavesdrop On Internet Phone Calls, Dan Gillmor, Mercury News(RR), April 25, 2004

VON Coalition Opposes Proposal To Expand Wiretap Requirements, Phone+, April 13, 2004

Heads Up VoIP--Regulation Incoming, Lisa Pierce (Commentary), CNET News.com, April 8, 2004

Internet Telephony Coming Of Age, Gary Krakow, MSNBC, April 8, 2004

California Becomes VoIP Regulatory Battleground, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 8, 2004

FCC Urged To Keep VoIP Regulation Free, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, April 7, 2004

Canada Leans Toward Regulating VoIP, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 7, 2004

Makers Of Phone Program Skype Go Mobile, Matt Moore, AP, April 6, 2004

One Nation Under Internet Protocol, J. William Gurley (perspective), CNET News.com, April 6, 2004

VoIP's Broadband Bottleneck, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 5, 2004

U.S. Bills To Protect VoIP From Regulation, Jay Lyman, TechNewsWorld, April 5, 2004

Net Phone Provider Calls On Singapore, Aloysius Choong, CNET News.com, April 5, 2004

Coz Closes Wiretap Hole For VoIP, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 5, 2004

Internet Phone Calling Comes Your Way, Jeffry Bartash, CBS News MarketWatch(RR), April 3, 2004

Fed Tells States 'VoIP Is Ours,' Ben Charny and Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, April 2, 2004

Will 'Moblogs' Mean Mo Money?, Paul Festa,  CNET News.com, April 1, 2004

FCC Policy-Maker (Robert Pepper) Lays Out VoIP Problem, Mark Hachman, eWeek, March 31, 2004

Microsoft Parades VoIP on Windows CE, Antone Gonsalves, TechWeb, March 31, 2004

Pulver: Opportunities Abound For VoIPAntone Gonsalves & Paul Kapustka, TechWeb, March 30, 2004

Net Phone Regulations: Coming Soon?, Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service, March 30, 2004

VoIP At 'Tipping Point,' Execs Say, Mark Hachman, eWeek, March 30, 2004

VoIP Borders Stir Debate, Matt Hicks, eWeek, March 30, 2004

Vonage Sues AT&T Over Net Phone Service, Reuters, March 30, 2004

AT&T Brings Internet Telephone Service To New Jersey, Barnaby J. Feder, The New York Times(RR), March 30, 2004

VoIP Provider To Block Eavesdroppers, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 30, 2004

Wood Asserts Calif. PUC Has A Role In VoIPs Future, Paul Kapustka, TechWeb, March 29, 2004

Pingtel Launches Open Source VoIP Community, Jennifer Hagendorf Follett, CRN, March 29, 2004

SMB's Get Crack At VoIP With New Offerings, Caron Carlson, eWeek, March 29, 2004

Debate Rages Over Internet Phone Fees, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 28, 2004

Voices On Broadband, Anita Hamilton, Time Magazine, March 29, 2004

Pulver Hopes .Tel Will Promote ENUM, VoIP, Kevin Murphy, Computer Wire, March 26, 2004

Heeding The Blast Of Schumpeter's Trumpet, Randolph J. May (perspective), CNET News.com, March 25, 2004

Key Findings Of The ZDNet 2004 VoIP Study, Liz Lightfoot, ZDnet, March 24, 2004

Tech Giants Abuzz Over VoIP For Cellphones, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 22, 2004

FCC Chief Wants 'Light' Regulatory Touch' On VoIP, Dow Jones/AP, March 22, 2004

Groups Seek To Launch New Internet Domains, Matthew Fordahl, AP, March 20, 2004

ICANN Surveys Proposed Net Domains,  Declan McCullagh, CNET News.Com March 19, 2004

Who Should Govern The Net? (ICANN Chair Vint Cerf Newsmaker Interview), Declan McCullagh, CNET News.Com March 18, 2004

VoIP Market Expected To Be Key Revenue Driver, TechWeb, March 17, 2004

Money Brings Skype Closer To Mainstream, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 15, 2004

Easier Internet Wiretaps Sought (Justice Dept.-FBI Want Consumers To Pay Cost), Don Eggen & Jonathan Krim, The Washington Post(RR), March 13, 2004

FBI Pushes For Broadband Wiretap Powers, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.Com March 12, 2004

Broadband Connections Eclipsing Dialup In Major Markets, Gene J. Kaprowski, TechNews World, March 12, 2004

VoIP Goes Mainstream in Yahoo-BT Offering, Helen Gallagher, E-Commerce Times, March 12, 2004

Vonage: National Policy Needed For VoIP, Paul Kapustka, TechWeb, March 11, 2004

Will Net Phone Debate Draw In Other IP Services?, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 11, 2004

AT&T Begins Selling Net Phone Service, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 11, 2004

FCC Releases Net Phone Guidelines, Ben Charny and Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, March 10, 2004

Deutsche Telekom Considers VoIP Service, John Blau, IDG News Services, March 10, 2004

Net Phone Provider VoiceGlo Lands $28 million, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 9, 2004

Net2Phone Vies For European Connection, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, March 9, 2004

Circuit City To Offer Vonage Internet Phone Service, Paul Davidson, USA Today, March 6, 2004 

As Scandal Dies Down, MCI Fights For A Comeback, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, March 5, 2004

3Com Touts New Business Class IP Phones, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, March 4, 2004

Kiss Your Taxless Net Goodbye, Allen Wastler, CNN/Money, February 27, 2004

Users: VoIP Regulations Will Cost Companies More, Matt Hamblen, Computerworld, February 26, 2004

VoIP Vendors Warn Of Old Regulation For New Technology, Jay Lyman, Tech News World, February 25, 2004

AT&T To Launch VoIP Nationwide, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 25, 2004

Few Rules Better for Calls On Internet, Powell Says, Griff Witte, The Washington Post(RR), February 25, 2004

FCC, Lawmakers Wary Of Reining in VoIP, AP, February 24, 2004

Senate Panel Hears VoIP Arguments, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 24, 2004

VoIP To Get Voice In Washington, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 20, 2004

Can They Hear You Now? (Can VoIP Be Monitored By Law Enforcement?),  David S. Bennahum, Slate, February 19, 2004

Cisco Releases Video System for Internet Phones, Reuters, February 18, 2004

VoIP: It's Not So Easy To Listen In, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 13, 2004

FCC: 'Pure' VoIP Not A Phone Service, Declan McCullagh and Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 12, 2004

Net-Phone Service Gets FCC Blessing, By Jeffry Bartash, CBS.MarketWatch.com(RR), February 12, 2004

F.C.C. Begins Rewriting Rules on Delivery of the Internet, Stephen Labaton, The New York Times(RR), February 12, 2004

FCC Wades Into World of Internet Calls, Jeremy Pelofsky, Reuters, February 12, 2004

FCC Starts Rewriting Internet Rules, Associated Press, February 12, 2004

[California] PUC to Look Into Regulating Net Telephony, James S. Granelli, The Los Angeles Times(RR), February 12, 2004

Vonage To Uncle Sam: Hands Off VoIP (newsmaker Interview with CEO Jeffrey Citron), Evan Hansen, CNET News.com, February 12, 2004

FCC To Weigh In On VoIP Regulation, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 10, 2004

Internet Phone Service Blossoms: But It Still May Not Be Ready For The Masses, Todd Wallack, San Francisco Chronicle, February 9, 2004   

Thorny Issues Await F.C.C. as It Takes Up Internet Phones,
  Stephen Labaton, The New York Times(RR), February 9, 2004

FCC Likely To Limit Net Telephony Regulations, Declan McCullagh & Matt Hines, CNET News.com, February 6, 2004

FCC Agrees To Examine VoIP Free Service, TechWeb, February 6, 2004

Net Phone Firm Expected To Win Fee Exemption, Jube Shriver, Jr., The Los Angeles Times(RR), February 6, 2004

Vonage Dials In $40 Million In Funding, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, February 6, 2004

VoIP Needs A Reality Check, Fred Goldstein, CNET News.com (perspective), February 5, 2004

Justice Dept. Wants Holdup On Net Phone Rules, Jonathan D. Salant AP/The Washington Post(RR), February 5, 2004

Memo To FCC: Go Easy On VoIP, Ben Silverman, The New York Post, February 2, 2004

VoIP Provider Vonage Hits 100,000 Subscriber Mark, TechWeb, February 2, 2004

Tauzin Presses FCC For VoIP Decision, Roy Mark, Wi-Fi Planet, January 30, 2004

I Want My VoIP, Jon Arnold, CNET News.com (perspective), January 27, 2004

Hey Michael Powell, You're Too Late!, Konrad Trope, CNET News.com (perspective), January 27, 2004

Finally, 21st Century Phone Service, Jane Black, Business Week, January 6, 2004

Calfornia Eyeballs VoIP Rules, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, January 2, 2004

E-Business Legal Dilemmas Loom In 2004, Elizabeth Millard, E-Commerce Times, January 23, 2004

FCC Chief Frowns On VoIP Regulations, Reuters, January 22, 2004

Easing Of Internet Regulations Challenges Surveillance Efforts, Stephen Labaton, The New York Times(RR), January 22, 2004

Calling All Net Phone Applications, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, January 21, 2004

Behind VoIP's Renaissance, Knowledge@Wharton, CNET News.com, January 17, 2004

VoIP Holes Remain Open, Patrick Gray, ZDNet Australia, January 16, 2004

Level 3 Rounds Out VoIP Offering, Antone Gongsalves, TechWeb, January 13, 2004

Flaw Threatens VoIP Networks, Robert Lemos, CNET News.com, January 13, 2004

A Bright New Day For The Telecom Industry: If The Public Will Go Along, Bernard Simon, The New York Times(RR), January 12, 2004

It's Time Uncle Sam Taxed Techies, Stephen Pearlstein, The Washington Post(RR), January 11, 2004

Senator Wants VoIP To Be Regulation FreeBen Charny, CNET News.com, January 10, 2004

Routers, Phones Dialing In VoIPBen Charny, CNET News.com, January 10, 2004

Congressional Leaders Promise Action On Tech Issues, David Becker, CNET News.com, January 10, 2004

FCC Chief Warns On Net Phone Regulations, Reuters, January 9, 2004

FCC Tries To Defuse AT&T Internet Telephony Controversy, Mark Wigfield, Dow Jones Newswires, January 9, 2004

Chasing Regulation: VoIP Needs Room To Grow, Jeff Pulver (commentary), CBS MarketWatch(RR), January 9, 2004

Markets And Monopolies, Richard W. Rahn, The Washington Times (commentary), January 9, 2004

Fcc: Broadband Top Issue In 2004, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, January 9, 2004

Texas Instruments, Vonage In Internet Phone Deal, Reuters, January 9, 2004

Feds Seek Wiretap Access Via VoIP, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, January 8, 2004

The Broadband Shell Game,  Lance Ulanoff, PC Magazine (Opinion), January 8, 2004

Nortel Gets Big Verizon Contract: Canadian Firm To Provide Internet Phone Gear, Christopher Stern, The Washington Post(RR), January 8, 2004

Verizon To Expand Wireless Data, Edward Carpenter, CBS MarketWatch(RR), January 8, 2004

Finally, 21st Century Phone Service,  Jane Black, E-Commerce Times, January 7, 2004

Verizon Calls Nortel For VoIP, Colin Haley, InternetNews.com, January 7, 2004

California Eases Up On Net Phone Rules, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, January 5, 2004

The Metaphysics Of VoIP, Randolph J. May, CNET News.com (perspective), January 5, 2004

Communication Breakdown Threatens VoIP, Ben Charny and Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, December 29, 2003

Rush To VoIP Turns Into Slow Going, Marguerite Reardon, CNET News.com, December 24, 2003

VoIP Invades Hotspots, Vickki Lipset, Wi-FI Planet, December 17, 2003

Will VoIP Be Wiretap-Ready?  Kevin Poulson, SecurityFocus, December 12, 2003                

VoIP: Here, There, Everywhere, Mark McClusky, Wired, December 12, 2003

Chips Ahoy For Wi-Fi Phones, Vickki Lipset, Wi-FI Planet, December 11, 2003

VoIP Still Needs Breathing Room, Jeff Pulver, CNET News.com (perspective), December 11, 2003

VoIP Battles Heats Up With Carrier, Cable Announcements,  Loring Wirbel, EE Times, December 11, 2003

Industry to Sell Internet Phone Services, Brian Bergstein, AP, December 11, 2003

Will VoIP Save AT&T?, Kevin Poulson, InternetNews.com, December 11, 2003

AT&T To Push Internet-Phone Service,   Jeffry Bartash, CBS MarketWatch(RR), December 11, 2003

Covad Surges On AT&T Midwest Push, Bambi Francisco, CBS MarketWatch(RR), December 11, 2003

AT&T Joins Fray for Cheaper Calls Through the WebMatt Richtel, The New York Times(RR), December 11, 2003

Cable Firms Wired About Offering Net Phone Calls, Andrew Backover, USA Today, December 11, 2003

Qwest To Offer Residential Voice Over IP, Karren Mills, AP, December 11, 2003

BT Ready To Offer Cheap Calls Over The Internet, Robert Budden, The Financial Times, December 10, 2003

Beware The VoIP Hype, Paul R. Lamonica, CNN/Money, December 9, 2003

Time Warner to Use Cable Lines to Add Phone to Internet Service, Matt Richtel, New York Times(RR), December 9, 2003

Feds Should Hang Up VoIP Regulations, Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com (perspective), December 8, 2003

Combo Wi-Fi/VoIP In A Handset Coming, TechWeb News, December 8, 2003

Vonage Drops Cisco VoIP Adapter, Ben Charney, CNET News.com, December 8, 2003

Time Warner Cable To Launch US-Wide Web Phone, By Paul Taylor and Peter Thal Larsen, Financial Times, December 8, 2003

Avaya and Polycom to Develop IP Based Desktop/Group Video Solutions, December 8, 2003

Zulty's Technologies "Must-See VoIP", Patricia Fusco, InternetNews.com, December 5, 2003

VoIP Gold Rush, Dave Mock, The Motley Fool, December 5, 2003

Intel Resellers To Offer MCI Services, TechWeb News, December 3, 2003

FCC Signals Major Shift on VoIP, Roy Mark, VoIP News, December 2, 2003

Verizon & Alcatel Deploy IP Telephony Systems for Las Vegas-Area Schools, PRNewswire, December 2, 2003

Powell Opposes Internet Phone Regulation, Government Interference Could Stifle Developing Technology, FCC Chief Warns
By Christopher Stern, Washington Post, December 2, 2003

Skype's VoIP Ambitions, By Declan McCullagh, Staff Writer, CNET News.com, December 2, 2003

Net Taxes: Here Comes a Battle Royal, By Howard Gleckman, BusinessWeek Online, Tue Dec 2, 2003

U.S. Considers VoIP Regulation
, By Jay Wrolstad, NewsFactor Network, December 1, 2003


FCC To Form Working Group On VoIP Regulation, By Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com, December 1, 2003


VoIP Computing Journals: "VoIPs Best Week Ever?"


FCC Weighs Internet Phone Call Regulation, By JONATHAN D. SALANT, (AP), Dec 1, 2003

VoIP Providers: Lay Off The Regulation, Executives preach hands-off approach to FCC
By Grant Gross, IDG News Service, December 01, 2003

SBC Selling Internet-Based Calling, Los Angeles Times(RR), November 21, 2003

Texas A&M University & Internet2 To Create First Internet2 VoIP Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC), November 19, 2003

Qwest's Bold VoIP Push, Colin Haley, Internetnews.com, November 19, 2003

Sonus Dials Right Number  For Big Clients, David Armstrong, The Wall Street Journal(RR), November 13, 2003

Qwest To Sell VoiP To Harry Homeowner, The Register, November 11, 2003

FCC Expects VOIP Rules in 2004, Caron Carlson, eWEEK, November 6, 2003

Nortel Notches VoIP Deal, Colin Haley, Internetnews.com, November 6, 2003

VoIP Providers Face Price War, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, November 4, 2003

Bellsouth Offers VoIP For Businesses, Paul Festa, ZDNet, October 29, 2003

Minnesota Ruling On Vonage May Have Broad Implications, Glenn Bischoff, Telephony Online, October 27, 2003

VoIP Firms Battle California Regulators, Evan Hansen, CNET News.com, October 24, 2003

Toshiba Pushes VoIP And Text-To-Speech In New PDAs, Jay Lyman,  TechNews World, October 24, 2003

Next Stop After VoIP Decision: The FCC, W. David Gardner, TechWeb News, October 20, 2003

Sir, To Whom May I Direct Your Free (Skype) Call?, Nicholas Thompson, The New York Times(RR) (archived, $$), October 12, 2003

(California) PUC Aim: Regulate Net Phone Service, Michael Bazeley, Mercury News(RR), October 9, 2003

Judge Suspends Vonage Order, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, October 7, 2003

The New Security Risk Of VoIP, E-Commerce Times, Lesley Hensell, October 2, 2003

IP Telephony: A Single Network For Voice And Data, Philip Manchester, Financial Times, September 30, 2003

VoIP Provider Vonage To Charge New Fee, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, September 22, 2003

Texas Instruments Enhances VoIP Chips, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, September 22, 2003

AT&T CEO Reflects on Industry Changes, James S. Granelli, Los Angeles Times(RR), September 22, 2003

Why VoIP Is Music To Kazaa's Ear, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, September 11, 2003

Vint Cerf Hears VoIP Calling, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, September 10, 2003

Free Ride Over For VoIP?, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 25, 2003

Minnesota: Phone Rules Apply To VoIP, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, August 21, 2003

Mr. Disruption Strikes Again, Xeni Jardin, Wired, August 11, 2003

Leaving The Phone Company Out Of The Loop, Marcelo Rodriguez, Mercury News(RR), August 7, 2003

New Ring: Voice Calls Over Net, Dan Gillmor, Mercury News(RR), August 3, 2003

VoIP--A Tower Of Babel?, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, July 17, 2003

Internet Calls To Challenge Telephone Companies, Dan Gillmor, Mercury News(RR), June 8, 2003

Net Phone Services Get 911 Capability, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, April 22, 2003

Net Phone Hang-ups Looming?, Ben Charny, CNET News.com, January 27, 2003

VoIP Research-Studies-Regulatory Papers/Filings

The Future of Internet Calling: Regulatory Imperatives to Protect the Promise of VoIP for Industry and Consumers, New Millennium Research Council, December 2003

Minnesota Public Utility Commission, Staff Briefing Paper discussing classification of Vonage Holdings Corporation as a telecommunications concern, and subject to fees-regulations associated with such, August 13, 2003.

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