Why Does The FCC Treat VoIP As The Ugly Duckling?
from the seems-a-bit-unfair dept
When it comes to the new Universal Service Fund requirements (yes, the same ones that waste money and actually hold back VoIP service that could help achieve universal service), the VoIP providers were given almost no time to get up to speed on rules that telcos have had years to understand. This may sound familiar. After all, it was just last year that the FCC gave a ridiculously short deadline of 120 days for VoIP providers to be E911 compliant -- when they had given mobile phone operators many years. Eventually, the FCC did back down on the deadline, but apparently the FCC didn't learn anything from that experience. As Jeff Pulver points out, they've done the same thing over and over and over again with all sorts of regulations. The FCC claims VoIP needs to be treated as a telco service, since it "acts" like a telco service, but then holds VoIP providers to much higher standards and provides none of the benefits that the traditional telcos get.