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March 1, 2005

Costa Rica to Regulate (Ban?) VoIP

According to this article in TechWeb, the government of Costa Rica, through its state-owned telecom system Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), is proposing to regulate Internet-based telephony, otherwise known as Voice over IP or VoIP.   Critics quoted in the article claim that, at its most "draconian," the regulation could "criminalize" VoIP in Costa Rica.  This really goes to the larger issue of the appropriateness and scope of government regulation of VoIP throughout the world (including here in the US), involving issues of quality, emergency services, competition and consumer protection.  What do you think is the right approach for government to take regarding VoIP?  We'd like to know.  {Michelle and Jonathan}

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