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Canada Leans Toward Regulating VoIP

Any Net phone provider that supplies 10-digit phone numbers to subscribers, then lets them make or get calls from traditional dialers, would have to follow the regulations, according to the nonbinding decision released Wednesday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Net phone services, which use the Internet rather than traditional circuit-switched phone networks, share enough “functional characteristics” to their circuit-switched competitors to merit regulating, according to the CRTC. “VoIP service providers…should be subject to the regulatory framework for local competition,” the commission wrote.

Read more at ZDNet.