Vonage Wins Preliminary Injunction In NY

Magistrate Judge Douglas F. Eaton, United States District Court (Southern District of New York) announced Wednesday his intention to enjoin the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) from regulating Vonage as a telecommunications carrier.

Magistrate Judge Douglas F. Eaton, United States District Court (Southern District of New York) announced Thursday his intention to enjoin the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) from regulating Vonage as a telecommunications carrier. The written order is expected shortly. The judge will consider the merits of a permanent injunction in January 2005.

Reinforcing Minnesota District Judge Davis’ October 2003 order enjoining a similar attempt by that state to regulate Vonage, the preliminary injunction will preclude the State of New York from asserting its jurisdiction over Vonage.

“We are satisfied with the court’s decision and believe this is a positive step forward for New Yorkers and the industry,” said Jeffrey A.

Citron, chairman and CEO of Vonage Holdings Corporation. “Vonage remains eager and committed to working with the states, Congress and the FCC to create a national framework for this emerging industry.”

Vonage said it plans to continue to participate in the ongoing dialogue with the FCC and the states which brings clarity to the policies for VoIP services.