The Senate Committee on Commerce has changed proposed legislation regarding Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) from guarding against regulation, to enabling states to levy taxes and compensate traditional phone companies for use of their phone lines. In an article on News.com, Declan McCullagh writes that "VoIP lobbyists claim that those fees are already being paid directly or indirectly," and so are unhappy with the changes to the bill. This development comes as Verizon rolls out its own VoIP service. The House of Representatives, meanwhile, is considering other potential legislation in this area.
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Last updated February 19, 2008