The FCC said Thursday that it will "and applications making use of Internet Protocol including, but not limited to," voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The announcement comes a day after the agency opened a proceeding to consider how VoIP companies should be regulated and invited public comment.
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However, some critics believe that FCC regulators have opened the door for a broader look at the growing number of industries, such as music and television, that distribute their goods using the Internet rather than traditional methods.
, for example, is used by cable and telecom operators to deliver advanced video services, such as on-demand movies, with its Windows Media compression software. Bell Canada is testing a new service that uses Microsoft technology to deliver video over telephone lines.
"IP applications are like pebbles on a driveway," said Jeff Pulver, founder of free Internet phone service Free World Dialup. "You keep on finding more and more of them to take care of."