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FCC May Rule For Net Phone Firm
Federal Regulators Are Expected To Keep Jurisdiction Over Voip


November 9, 2004

By Vikas Bajaj

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to rule today that state regulators don't have jurisdiction over Internet-based telephone service.

In a decision that could have ramifications for taxes, fees and rules on the new technology, the FCC is expected to pre-empt states from regulating Vonage Holdings Corp. as a telephone company.

The New Jersey company has been fighting off state supervision in just Minnesota and New York, but many other states have been waiting for the commission to rule.

If Vonage were treated like a phone company, it would have to meet stricter 911 calling standards and pay into telephone subsidies that keep phone service affordable for poor and rural Americans.

The FCC's ruling will be part of a contentious national debate over voice over Internet protocol services, or VoIP.
Many phone companies argue that policy-makers ought to lightly regulate the technology, which transmits phone calls like e-mail – over data networks, not through traditional telephone switches.

Today's decision will "allow the FCC to create a federal set of rules and impede states from creating state-by-state rules," said Jeffrey Citron, Vonage's chief executive.
About 300,000 customers use Vonage, which delivers dial tone over cable modems or digital subscriber lines. AT&T Corp. sells a similar service, CallVantage.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell is widely expected to lead a Republican majority in voting for Vonage's position. But the commission will probably put off larger, more vexing questions about Internet telephony and its relationship to telephone subsidies and 911.

State regulators and consumer advocates worry that by narrowly exempting Vonage and its peers, the FCC will leave bigger issues simmering.

"The FCC is fixing to take jurisdiction and assert authority but not exercise its responsibility," said Mark Cooper, a research director at the Consumer Federation of America.

The chief concern is whether Voip providers will pay into the Universal Service fund, an ailing federal program that subsidizes rural phone companies.

Another issue is whether they'll pay per-minute access charges to local-phone companies to complete long-distance calls.

Though Internet telephony accounts for only a few hundred thousand lines today, it is expected to grow as cable companies such as Comcast Corp. and local-phone companies such as SBC Communications Inc. start using the technology.

The Universal Service fund, which totals about $5 billion, is already short several hundred million dollars. The FCC will probably increase a levy on phone companies to make up the difference, which could force customers to pay several dollars more in fees next year.

Several states, including Texas, administer their own universal service funds that could also suffer shortfalls if Voip is exempted, regulators say. A group representing state regulators has said an FCC decision to remove states' authority is premature.

"Regardless of what the FCC ultimately decides on jurisdictional issues, we urge the FCC to resist the temptation to act in piecemeal fashion," the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners said in a letter to the FCC.

FCC officials have argued that it's appropriate to "take a smaller bite of the apple" right now. The commission has undertaken several proceedings on universal service and access charges that will address the bigger issues soon enough.

Vonage's Mr. Citron says Voip is related to these bigger issues, but they were in trouble before his technology became a big deal.

"Over time these issues are resolving themselves," he said. "And Voip is neither the driver nor the cause of the issues at hand."



 
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