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February 3, 2004

By Staff

The New Year already has brought a number of developments that cut across all industry segments. Perhaps the most consequential of these is the apparent decision of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") to clarify the regulatory status of Voice over Internet Protocol ("VOIP") service. VOIP, which for years has sheltered comfortably under the Commission's reluctance to "regulate the Internet," may become subject to new burdens and obligations that will help to shape the future direction of the Internet and traditional telecommunications service.

FCC to Address Two Extremes in the Voip Controversy, Leaving the Uncertainty in the Middle

For many years, the Commission has avoided deciding whether voice services that use the Internet protocol will pay access charges, contribute to the universal service fund and shoulder other burdens that are imposed on traditional voice telephone companies. The Commission's official position is still the one it took in 1998, when it stated in a Report to Congress that phone-to-phone Voip probably is a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation, but computer-to-computer, computer-to-phone, and phone-to-computer variants likely are unregulated enhanced/information services.. Except for these tentative observations, the 1998 Report reached no conclusions and imposed no obligations on Voip providers. Since then, the variety and prominence of Voip services have grown along with the pressure on the FCC to revisit the Voip issue. The issue has been given new life by recent requests from AT&T and Pulver.com for rulings on the regulatory status of their Voip offerings, and by persistent suggestions that this year will bring a Voip rulemaking proceeding.

FCC and industry officials now say that the Commission will reject AT&T's petition, which requests that it not be liable to the regional Bell operating companies ("RBOCs") for millions of dollars in access charges where AT&T uses the Internet (rather than the public switched telephone network) to carry long-distance calls between conventional telephones. FCC Chairman Michael Powell announced his intention to have the Commission act on the AT&T petition before the Commission's February 12, 2004 meeting.

The AT&T petition, and a flurry of lobbying on both sides of the voice-over-IP issue, prompted the FCC to invite AT&T to the Commission to meet with the agency's staff and participate in a courtroom-like debate. AT&T argued that its Voip service should continue to pay only the same business line rates paid to local telephone companies by Internet servcie providers. SBC Communications, speaking for the RBOC position, argued that AT&T and other Voip providers should be required to pay the access charges imposed on long-distance carriers, and claimed that AT&T is engaging in "regulatory arbitrage" by using the Internet to evade the usual regulatory obligations of long-distance telephone companies.

The FCC's rejection of AT&T's position is expected to be based on the fact that AT&T's Voip calls originate and terminate at a conventional telephone on the public switched telephone network ("PSTN").

AT&T's voice-over-IP service often commences with a traditional call from a phone, which is converted by AT&T into digital packets carried over AT&T's Internet backbone. Before the call is delivered to the called party, the digital packets are converted back to a conventional PSTN format for delivery to a conventional telephone. The Commission is expected to find that such phone-to-phone telephony does not fall within the category of "enhanced or information services" that the Commission has exempted from payment of access charges.

Although the Commission is expected to reject AT&T's request, it is believed that the Commission will uphold the request of Pulver.com. The Pulver.com service does not use phone numbers or the traditional phone network at all.

Rather, its service uses specialized equipment that communicates over broadband Internet connections. Because the Pulver.com calls are not phone-to-phone services that originate and terminate on the PSTN, the Commission is expected to grant Pulver.com's request for relief from regulation.

The Commission's expected actions on the AT&T and Pulver.com requests will leave many questions unanswered. Other participants in the voice-over-IP space will face continued uncertainty unless their applications mirror either the AT&T and Pulver.com Internet phone applications.

It is anticipated, however, that the FCC will initiate a rulemaking proceeding this year that will comprehensively address the regulatory status of the principal variants of VOIP. That rulemaking likely will go beyond the access charge issue to address the possible obligations of different types of Voip providers to contribute to universal service funds, support E-911 emergency services and comply with the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA").

At the state level, many states are uncertain as to how much authority they have to regulate voice-over-IP services and Voip providers. Both the California PUC and the Colorado PUC have decided that they will not address Voip regulation until the FCC rules on the extent to which the states have jurisdiction to do so. In light of the expectation that the FCC soon will rule on the regulatory status of VOIP, neither the Colorado nor the California PUCs believe that it makes sense for the new Internet technology to be subject to fifty-one (51) utility commission "imposing idiosyncratic, inconsistent and costly obligations."

However, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) has scheduled open hearings on May 5, 2004 to determine whether voice-over-IP providers owe intrastate access charges. The particular case involves the WUTC's complaint against LocalDial, a Voip service provider, and the WUTC is solely focused on the issue of whether such a Voip provider is liable for access charges for using the equipment and facilities of telephone companies for the origination or completion of intrastate interexchange calls.

Finally, in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court denied various motions that followed its October 16, 2003 ruling in the Vonage v. Minn. PUC case, which declared Vonage's voice-over-IP communications service to be an unregulated information service and entirely outside of the Minnesota PUC's jurisdiction. Specifically, the Minnesota PUC filed a motion for amended filings or a new trial, and Qwest Communications, the RBOC serving Minnesota, filed a motion to intervene and amend judgment. The U.S. District Court ruled that its prior conclusions were not altered by the PUC's assertion that 97% of the Vonage calls come into contact with the PSTN. The U.S. District Court's decision was primarily based upon its determination that Vonage's services are "information services" and that Congress had pre-empted state regulation of any and all aspects of information services.



 
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