Drop That VoIP Phone And Put Your Hands Up

from the arrested-while-voiping dept

When VoIP was first getting attention a few years back, there were stories in a few different places where state run telecom providers were making sure that all internet telephony was banned because there simply could be no competition. It looks like a few countries still aren’t over that ban. Broadband Reports notes that someone has been arrested by the KGB in Belarus for using and providing VoIP services. He’s now been charged with causing $100,000 worth of damages to local telecoms by (gasp!) competing with them. What a terrible guy. Providing cheaper phone calls to the masses. String him up! The country is obviously a big supporter of entrepreneurship because they also charged him with “working as an entrepreneur without registration or permission.” Admittedly, there is also an unexplained assertion that he “misappropriated funds,” which obviously could be a more serious charge — but it’s buried after the other reports.

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