It's been nearly two years since we first wrote that political pressure had convinced the government in Bangladesh to allow VoIP connections. However, it appears that things weren't quite that simple, as now, it's being reported that VoIP still isn't legal in the country -- and that it's mainly to protect incumbents offering services related to traditional telephony. However, as the article points out, this is an incredibly short-sighted viewpoint. In protecting those few incumbents, the country is losing out on the ability take part in larger enterprises, such as VoIP-enabled call center businesses -- which are helping to create jobs in nearby communities in India, for example. It's yet another example of protectionist policies designed to help out one industry that often do more overall harm than good.
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