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VCs Circle Voip Startups Anew

March 29, 2004

By Chris Nolter

Over the past six months, U.S. courts, regulators and lawmakers have taken action favorable to the development of Internet telephony, which allows phone calls to be made much more cheaply over the Net. The result has been a quiet rush of venture capital into startups in this budding telecommunications sector.

"It's important to recognize that regulatory certainty and clarity have a direct impact on investment decisions," explained Bill Wilhelm Jr. of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman LLP, who has represented Vonage Holdings Corp., one such startup,on regulatory matters. "As the courts and the Federal Communications Commission have provided greater clarity, the investment community has responded to the promise of the technology."

Since last autumn, that has been the case. In October a federal judge in Minnesota ordered a permanent injunction barring the state's public utility commission from regulating some kinds of voice-over-Internet-protocol service providers like traditional telecom carriers. (VoIP is the technical term for Internet telephony.) Prodded by actions taken by other state regulatory commissions, the FCC held a December forum at which Internet telephony industry figures and analysts addressed some of the regulatory concerns regarding VoIP.

The FCC ruled in February that an Internet telephony service developed by Voip pioneer Jeff Pulver, Free World Dialup, is an information service and not a telecommunications service. The distinction means that the service and others that transmit calls from computer to computer, without touching the traditional phone network, will remain largely free from regulation.

The FCC also issued a rulemaking proposal that outlines some of the key issues it will examine regarding Internet telephony, including 911 service, fees paid to phone companies for completing calls and access for the disabled. There have also been proposals in Congress that would provide for "light touch" regulation of Internet telephony.

All these moves have spurred a wave of venture capital into the sector. "In the last quarter several hundred million dollars have been put into Voip companies," said Pulver, a ham radio operator who developed an interest in Internet telephony in the 1990s and now sits on the board of Vonage. "Publicly announced there's over $100 million, but there's been a lot more invested in stealth companies, and it's only going to increase."

Since the court ruling, Edison, N.J.-based Vonage has completed two rounds of funding from a clutch of Silicon Valley venture firms: a $35 million round led by New Enterprise Associates in November and a $40 million round unveiled in February led by Meritech Capital Partners and 3i USA, the U.S. unit of London-listed3i Group plc. This month Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which operates the Voiceglo Voip service, completed a $28 million private placement with institutional investors.

Also in March, VCs Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Index Ventures led a roughly $19 million investment in Skype Technologies SA, a Luxembourg-based Internet voice company that offers a free service that uses software similar to that of Napster LLC. In a previous round, Bessemer Venture Partners of Menlo Park, Calif., invested in the company.

Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer said the appeal for the firm was twofold. "First of all, IP usage and Internet usage have dramatically increased, and the number of broadband connections out there has significantly increased," he explained. "This implies that Voip becomes a more realistic and more relevant communication vehicle."

He added, "We considered Skype to be a very different type of technology," citing the quality and security of the transmissions and ease of use.

Others said that increases in quality and media attention have helped attract venture capitalists. "It's definitely been a much more receptive fundraising environment than a year ago or two years ago," said Craig Walker, CEO of Internet telephony service provider Dialpad Communications Inc.

Dialpad has VC backing and is raising another round of financing. The Milpitas, Calif.-based company claimed it is the first Voip service provider to reach profitability.

Voip also presents opportunities for mergers and acquisitions.

Late last week Voip tech company Brooktrout Inc. of Needham, Mass., said it would pay $10 million in cash for SnowShore Networks Inc., an Internet telephony equipment maker based in nearby Chelmsford, Mass., which has backing from 3i, Charles River Ventures of Waltham, Mass., and Matrix Partners of Boston, among others.

It's likely that there will be more VC news this week, during the VON Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., one of the most prominent industry events.

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