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April 7, 2004

Canada likely to regulate VoIP

While hands-off regulators in the US are currently of the view that voice over IP should be subject to minimal government oversight, to the north their Canadian counterparts are coming to the opposite conclusion.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) yesterday said it is its preliminary view that VoIP has characteristics that are functionally the same as circuit-switched voice telecommunications and that its existing regulatory framework should apply to VoIP services.

The CRTC said that VoIP providers that allow calls to be placed or received from the PSTN should be treated as local exchange services, much the same as their circuit-switched equivalents, under the regulations.

This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire

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