Representative John Dingell (D-Michigan) warned that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should not rush to recognize VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) as an information service too quickly. In December 2003, the FCC began proceedings to determine the legal status of VoIP services--whether they should be taxed and regulated as a telephone service, or left mostly free of regulation as an information service, like the Internet. So far, FCC chair Michael Powell has been leaning
towards viewing it as an information service, but Rep. Dingell is concerned that he is ignoring such issues as universal service, law enforcement, and 911 emergency calls.
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