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Washington takes on Net telephony

roundup From Congress to the IRS, the debate over VoIP technology increasingly focuses on rules.

From Capitol Hill to the offices of the IRS, the debate over VoIP technology is focusing more and more on rules and regulations.

Congress runs into VoIP divide

The increasingly loud chatter over what to do about Net phone calls is starting to sound a lot like the typical Washington music.
July 7, 2004

IRS eyes Net phone taxes

A tax first enacted in 1898 to pay for the Spanish-American War might be reinterpreted to apply to Internet phone calls.
July 6, 2004

Lawmakers mull new Net phone rules

Bill would bar states from regulating VoIP, turning it over to FCC instead. But this could still mean higher costs for Net phone calls.
July 6, 2004

Can VoIP survive Congress?

perspective CNET News.com's Declan McCullagh says Washington politicos could bungle the future of Net phone calls.
July 5, 2004

previous coverage

Vonage beats back New York ruling

A judge rules that the Net phone provider isn't a telecommunications company, despite what state regulators say.
June 30, 2004

A long, hot summer for VoIP?

perspective Powerful interests are pushing for crippling regulations, according to analyst Kevin Werbach.
June 16, 2004