Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Minnesota Refuses To Take No For An Answer When It Comes To VoIP

from the won't-back-down dept

Wow. Minnesota really doesn't seem to get the message. They've been told to leave VoIP alone a year ago. Then, the FCC confirmed that they should leave VoIP alone. Yet, they still went forward trying to tax VoIP and were told again that they could not. Apparently, they don't want to take no for an answer, and want to make VoIP extra expensive for no real reason other than that they have to tax something. Broadband Reports notes that Minnesota has appealed the issue again. This time, they're really trying to play up the angle that they need to regulate (read: tax) VoIP to ensure that 911 service works and that rural areas get covered. Of course, 911 issues are being worked out, and the question about rural coverage is one for broadband companies, not VoIP providers.

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