Internet Telephones: Hanging Up on Regulation?
8 Pages Posted: 24 May 2005
The Federal Communications Commission has requested comments on the regulation of voice telephone services delivered over the Internet, dubbed "VoIP" or Voice over Internet Protocol. This paper examines whether there is a need to regulate VoIP. We conclude that there is no economic rationale for regulating VoIP and that consumers will likely be worse off if VoIP is regulated. Furthermore, the emergence of new technologies, such as VoIP, is rapidly eroding the rationale for continuing to regulate local telephone services.
Keywords: Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP, FCC
JEL Classification: H00
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