Saturday, May 22, 2004

Vonage vows to fight New York ruling

Vonage vows to fight New York ruling | CNET

Last modified: May 20, 2004, 10:36 AM PDT
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET

Net phone service provider Vonage has vowed to battle a recent ruling that classified it as a telephone company and thus subject to some of New York's regulations.

'We're disappointed, we're concerned and we're incensed,' a Vonage representative said Thursday.

The ruling, which was made by the New York State Public Service Commission on Wednesday, starts the clock ticking on a 45-day deadline for Vonage to file for a state telephone license.


California's Public Utility Commission is also on the verge of regulating Net phone providers, a source familiar with the commission's backroom dealings said. But other states, including Pennsylvania, are waiting for word from Washington, D.C., where federal regulators and lawmakers are trying to establish their own jurisdiction over the Net phone industry.

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