Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




California Decides To Regulate Vonage

from the backwards-move dept

And you thought that California was a technically advanced state, and only confused states in the middle of the country would mistake a VoIP service like Vonage for an actual phone company. Not quite. California has now announced that, because it passes the oh-so-scientific "smells like a duck, quacks like a duck" test, VoIP systems like Vonage must apply for telephone operator licenses in the state. This is, of course, backwards thinking - trying to fit today's technology into yesterday's laws just to help cover the state's massive budget deficit. Next thing you know, you won't be able to use things like iChat or Skype without first paying the state of California.

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    anon, 1 Oct 2003 @ 12:45pm

    Re: Consider this

    So its the Old Tax EVERY THING even if some of it does no go over the phone lines.
    I see, your one of the morons who believes the music industry should get paid every time you buy a blank CD even if you are using if for data storage.
    Isn't this one of the reasons we succeed from England. You do remember the Boston tea party dont you?

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