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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Appeals court sided with FCC on internet phone regulation
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On December 28, 2005, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a ruling upholding a decision from the US District Court for the District of Minnesota that internet telephone service providers should be categorized as "information services" rather than "telecommunications" subject to state regulation. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed with Vonage and the courts' interpretation, issuing a rule [DOC] that internet phone providers should not be governed by state public utilities commissions.

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