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Appeals court sides with FCC on internet phone regulation

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Tuesday upheld a lower court holding that internet telephone service providers should not be subject to state regulation. VoIP (voice-over-internet) providers, such as Vonage had argued against Minnesota's classification of their services as "telecommunications", saying that they merely provide the software to recieve calls via an internet connection, and are thus properly categorized as an "information service". The Federal Communications Commission recently agreed with Vonage and the lower court, issuing a rule that internet phone providers should not be governed by state public utilities commissions. The New York Times has more.

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