http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/29 ... te_battle/
By Ashlee Vance in Chicago
Published Wednesday 29th December 2004 22:26 GMT
"A Minnesota agency has again been blocked from regulating VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services by a federal appeals court.
The Eight US Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri this week upheld a lower court ruling barring the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission from trying to regulate VoIP providers as if they were traditional phone companies. The lower court ruling said that Vonage - a major VoIP player - provided more of an information service than a telecommunications service and should not be governed like a phone company."
"A number of states are still in favor of regulating VoIP services just as they would traditional phone services. This position, however, will be even tougher to maintain given the appeals' court ruling this week. Some states will no doubt look to take the matter to the Supreme Court in the hopes of taxing VoIP services down the road. ®"