Qwest CEO Dick Notebaert comes out in support of treating voice over IP as a largely unregulated “information service” in a Washington Times op-ed.
Qwest is unique among the incumbent local phone giants, since it has a
large Internet backbone and business services operation. Still,
it’s good to see a telco CEO reject applying legacy regulation to
The one point Notebaert’s op-ed doesn’t squarely address is whether
VOIP should be subject to the inflated “access charges” that companies
like Qwest charge to originate or terminate telephone traffic.
The implication of classing VOIP as an information service is that
access charges should not apply, and that’s the right result.