VoIP Subject to Same Regulations as Telephone

By Deane Barker on September 15, 2003

Wisconsin enters VoIP fray: Maybe I’m just sensitive to this because I started using Skype, but I worry that yet another cool thing will be ruined by regulation.

“Wisconsin regulators have informed Santa Clara, Calif.-based 8×8 that its Packet8 Internet voice-calling service is subject to the same rules as traditional phone companies, marking the second major move by a state against Internet-based phone operators.

The company said that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) informed it by letter last week that 8×8 cannot provide voice-calling services within Wisconsin without the commission’s certification, and that Packet8’s bills for all voice calls within the state are void.”

It’s significant that they’re regulating this, because about 30 seconds into my call with tdavid I thought, “Man, this is going to bankrupt the phone companies.”