Feeds

FCC strikes against VoIP blocking

Powell wants to be VoIP enforcer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell backed enforcement action to protect VoIP traffic as the agency yesterday announced a settlement with a carrier that blocked internet users’ voice calls.

Local telco Madison River LLC has pledged to refrain from blocking VoIP calls over its network and ensure that such blocking “will not recur”. It will also pay $15,000 to the US treasury as part of the settlement.

The FCC chief has struck an anti regulation stance during his tenure. In a statement yesterday, he backed an “enforcement context” to preserve “net freedom”. He claimed this would “ensure hypothetical worriers (sic) give way to concrete facts and — as we have shown today — real solutions.”

The burgeoning VoIP industry may take some comfort from Powell’s pledge to use the FCC’s enforcement unit to chase down VoIP blockers. Longer term though, they might prefer a blanket prohibition to case by case action.

Related stories

FCC investigates VoIP squashers
FCC Chairman Michael Powell resigns
Appeals court tells state to keep hands off VoIP
No state regs, taxes for VoIP, FCC says

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes
Phone egg, meet desktop chicken - your mother
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.