A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that Vonage’s VoIP phone service (which uses broadband internet connections to handle phone calls) is an “information service” rather than a “telecommunications service.” I’ll bet the traditional phone companies won’t like this. But consumers will.
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Cable systems are also “information services” not “telecommunications services,” so they are not regulated as common carriers. At one point over the last few years, the ILECs argued that the FCC should regulate CATV systems as telecommunications services, or, alternately, the ILECs as information services, in order to rationalize the regulatory environment.
They’re all a trifle touched.