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Monday, August 25, 2003

Free ride over for VoIP? | CNET News.com
Michigan has gone so far as to begin demanding that Internet service providers, which sell the broadband connections VoIP dialers use, pay the same property taxes charged to telephone companies, a move being battled by most ISPs in the state.
In just a few easy steps, Voice over IP could become a legal battleground which slows the adoption of the technology to a crawl. It seems bizarre that because I send my voice over a broadband connection and not text that I'm now subject to a bunch of regulations. It certainly seems to be the fault of the telco lobby just looking out for themselves. Put them in the same class as the RIAA, loved by all.


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