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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Dec 2006 @ 7:21pm

    resurrection

    look at the article/comment dates. pulled from death...

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