Following Qwest's complaint to the FCC and AT&T's lawsuit, Sprint Nextel is the latest to get upset by the regulatory loopholes being exploited by Iowa telcos and services like FreeConference.com. Sprint is now suing 14 rural Iowa telcos, claiming that the companies are striking "illegal deals" with the various service providers. It's easy to understand the big telcos frustration -- but again (as when the big telcos blocked calls to these Iowa numbers) the blame is misplaced. It's not that the rural telcos were doing anything illegal. They were simply exploiting a regulatory loophole put in by regulators who never bothered to consider the consequences. So why not focus on getting those regulators to change the laws so that big telcos don't have to pay a lot more than a phone call is worth to a bunch of random Iowa telcos?
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