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The challenges of classification: emerging VOIP regulation in Europe and the United States

David Bach ()
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David Bach: Instituto de Empresa

Working Papers Economia from Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment

Abstract: Internet telephony (VOIP) has the potential to transform the world of voice communications more profoundly than anything since the invention of the telephone itself. As telecommunications incumbents and a range of new entrants begin rolling out commercial VOIP services, policymakers around the world are grappling with the regulatory implications. In the United States and the European Union, the two largest potential VOIP markets, efforts are underway to fit VOIP into existing regulatory frameworks. This process of "regulatory classification" is by no means a purely administrative act. A lot is at stake and different interest groups have therefore mobilized to shape the respective outcomes.

Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2005-04
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