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At Federal Hearing On Internet Phone Calls, Consumers, Businesses And State Regulators Seek Clarity


December 2, 2003

By Jeff May

WASHINGTON -- The business of selling phone service over fast Internet connections is still in its infancy. But the fight over what rules should apply to the nascent industry -- and the fees it should pay -- is already full-grown.

The latest evidence: a packed hearing yesterday at the Federal Communications Commission's headquarters, where lobbyists, lawyers and members of the Internet phone camp filled the meeting room, a smaller overflow space and part of a hallway between the two areas.

The hearing was billed as a fact-finding session for the federal agency, and FCC Chairman Michael Powell started things off by saying he was loathe to impose regulations on Internet-based businesses. But with Internet phone technology poised to become a dominant force in telecommunications, others said it should be subject to the same fees traditional calls are, such as subsidies for costlier hookups to rural areas.

The main message the FCC heard, however, is that consumers, businesses and state regulators want the situation clarified -- and fast.

"We're at a crossroads, and the fate of the industry rests squarely in your hands," said Charles Davidson, a member of Florida's Public Service Commission, who argued regulation would stifle innovation.

Finding a speedy solution is a tall order, however, because many of the guiding principles of phone regulation date back to the early part of last century. AT&T became the world's largest private monopoly in the early 1900s by agreeing to provide dependable phone service to most Americans, and phone companies still pay into a pool to guarantee such "universal service."

Over the decades, phone companies have picked up other obligations, including mandatory 911 service, wiretapping access for law enforcement and subsidies for communications devices for the disabled.

Internet phone companies, on the other hand, have been essentially free from regulation since 1996, when the FCC said they provided "information services" and not "telecommunications services." Internet telephony treats your voice as data, meaning it can be sent over cables the same as video and e-mail.

In recent years, the federal agency had shown little interest in revisiting that decision, in part because the Internet phone market remained so small. Edison-based Vonage, the leader in the residential market, has little more than 70,000 subscribers.

Worried state regulators have stepped into the vacuum.
Carl Wood, a member of the California Public Utilities Commission, said the state could lose half its universal service funds by 2008, according to what he called a "conservative estimate" of competitive inroads by Internet phone companies. Money from the universal services fee helps offset the higher costs of doing business in rural and inner-city areas.

California has moved to classify Vonage and other Internet phone companies as traditional telecommunications services, he told the FCC. A similar effort by Minnesota regulators was reversed by a federal judge earlier this year, but other states are looking into tougher regulations.
Davidson, the Florida regulator who opposes additional measures, said those efforts miss the point. The old regulations were devised to rein in a monopoly. The Internet phone companies have no such market power.
"We are no longer in the world of the regulated monopoly," he said. "Let the market work."

Federal regulators should make a definitive statement about taking a "hands off" approach to the industry, said Michael Gallagher, an acting assistant secretary for the Commerce Department. Inaction might scare off investment. In the worst case, it might force Internet companies to set up their operations overseas, something they can do far more easily than traditional phone companies.

Supporters of Internet technology said it would offer consumers more choice and better features than traditional phone service -- such as "follow-me" calling that allows customers to plug their phone into any broadband connection and have their number ring there.

But market forces don't always guarantee innovation for those who need it most, said Greg Vanderheiden, a University of Wisconsin professor and an expert on communications access for the deaf and disabled. Phone companies often talk about providing better devices for the disabled when they face the threat of regulation, he said.
"When that talk goes away, the action goes away," he said. "It's simply not good business to devote resources to disability access if you're not required to."

Internet phone companies said they do pay fees, either directly or voluntarily. Time Warner said it pays universal service fees for its 7,500 phone customers.

And Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron said his company averages $1 per subscriber in fees, which it pays indirectly through network capacity contracts it has with telecommunications companies.



 
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