U.S. regulators ruled Tuesday that providers of Internet-based phone call services fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and cannot be regulated by states.
Vonage has been battling public utilities officials in Minnesota who want the company to register in the state as a telecommunications service, subjecting it to rate regulation and other state rules.
This seems good news for Vonage, who will have one regulator to deal with, rather than 51. As long as Vonage keeps being good for their customers, (and I’m a happy customer) this is a fine thing. It does make it harder for customers to pressure Vonage through their local public utilities commissions, but Vonage isn’t a monopoly. When they start stinking, someone else will come along and do better.
(From Vonage Press. Now we hope that Vonage does a better job with their service than their web design. Really. Black on dark blue?)