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December 1, 2003

By Roy Mark

Washington -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today begins a landmark proceeding to determine what, if any, taxes and regulations should apply to the emerging broadband Internet telephone industry built on Voice over Internet Protocol technology.

At a day-long hearing, telecom industry leaders, consultants, Commission experts, and state public utilities commissions will make presentations as the FCC launches the agency's first public policy examination of a new, high-stakes telecom market promising lower prices and new services for consumers and businesses.

"Communication policy is about to be -- if it isnt already -- at a crossroads," FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell recently told the agency's Advisory Technology Council. "I think there is going to be a very, very important set of decisions to be made as to how we embrace Internet-premised, Internet-based IP type communications and whether we will tailor a set of regulatory clothing uniquely for it, or whether we will make it wear Ma Bell's hand-me-downs."

Following the hearing, the FCC will take at least a year to gather additional information and make a decision.

Just eight years ago, Voip was regarded as a computer-to-computer hobbyist niche novelty virtually ignored by state and local regulators. No more. The steady growth of broadband connections, combined with dramatic improvements in the technology allowing for telephone-to-telephone traffic to be moved over the Internet, has moved Voip to the forefront of regulatory interest.

Edison, N.J.-based Vonage, which secured $35 million in venture capital financing last month, claims 70,000 subscribers and is adding more than 10,000 lines per month to its network. Vonage sells its service through its Web site and retail partners such as Wholesalers, including EarthLink, resell the Vonage broadband phone service under their own brands.

"The mere specter of common carrier regulation opens up a Pandora_s box that has the potential to not only devalue and slow the growth of VoIP, but also detrimentally impact future innovation of new Internet communications applications," Vonage CEO Jeff Citron will tell the commission today.

The Baby Bells and cable companies also sense a shift in the way voice services are delivered. SBC, Verizon, BellSouth and Qwest are all planning Voip offerings in at least some of their markets.

According to the Synergy Research Group, the boom is creating a 50 percent growth rate in the worldwide market for enterprise IP telephony, generating almost $864 million in vendor revenue last year. Cisco grabbed 43.7 percent of the sales, followed by Avaya (16.5 percent) and 3Com (16 percent).

The technology is a quandary for regulators because the new industry doesn't fit traditional telecom regulatory models. While it clearly provides telephone service, it does so over the virtually regulation free Internet instead of the heavily taxed and regulated public switched telephone networks (PSTN).

Voip providers route calls from leased local telephone lines to a gateway server that converts analog voice into digitized data packets. From there, the data packet moves over the Internet to its destination, where it goes through another gateway that rolls it over to a local line.

The process bypasses traditional long distance lines and their tariffs and rules. In addition, Voip providers contend they are not a telephone company since they don't traffic in voice packets.

While Powell and other commissioners have indicated they favor a light regulatory touch for VoIP, budget challenged states are taking a more aggressive approach.

California says since Voip providers use conventional telephone lines to connect their calls, they are a telephone company and is seeking to collect access fees. Washington, Oregon and Florida are in court with Internet phone companies on the same issue.

In the only court decision, however, a federal court in Minneapolis spiked Minnesota's attempt to regulate and tax telephone service offered by Vonage, ruling the company does not have to register as a telephone company in order to conduct business in Minnesota.

The states argue more than taxes are at stake. Fees from landline-based telephone voice services fund programs to extend lines into remote and rural areas, connect schools and libraries to the Internet and to underwrite E911 services.

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