The growth of internet telephony: Legal and policy issues

Emir A. Mohammed


The growth of Internet Telephony as a potential challenge to regular telephony or the Plain-Old Telephone System (POTS) is an area of academic inquiry long overlooked. This paper critically examines the opposition to Internet telephony with particular emphasis on the 1996 America's Carriers Telecommunication Association (ACTA) petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in addition to the European Commission's attitudes towards the matter. The semantic difficulties attached to an understanding of defining what exactly "Internet Telephony" means are also addressed.

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