L.A. Times Editorial: “Subsidizing Yesterday’s Telephones”

June 20, 2006 - 0 Comments

BRUSSELS – Wanted to bring to your attention an interesting editorial in today’s Los Angeles Times. (Free registration required.) Editorial states that there is a movement afoot to charge VOIP providers the same fees that are being charged to traditional telephony. Editorial argues that voice on the Internet is just an application and shouldn’t be treated any differently from, say, e-mail. After all, people are already paying for their broadband in order to access VOIP services, it argues.Here is lead of article, but I recommend that you read it if interested in VOIP, telecom issues, universal service, and regulatory issues: “When monopolists call for a ‘level playing field,’ beware: Most often, what they really want is to hold back the competition. Such is the case in telephone service, as local phone monopolies are trying to saddle high-tech competitors with fees designed to subsidize the traditional phone network.”URL for article is: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-voip20jun20,0,1778996.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

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