• FCC Argues for Federal Regulation of Interconnected VoIP
  • December 5, 2017 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Late last month, the FCC filed a brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission exceeded its authority by trying to regulate interconnected VoIP service provided by Charter Communications. The FCC’s brief was filed as part of the appeal by the Minnesota PUC of a federal district court ruling that Charter’s VoIP service should be classified as an information service exempt from state regulation. The Court’s order overturned a 2015 Order by the Minnesota PUC requiring Charter to comply with all Minnesota laws and rules applicable to local phone service. In its brief, the FCC argued that Minnesota’s attempt to regulate VoIP service threatens to disrupt the national voice services market. For more information, please contact Wes Wright ([email protected]; 202.434.4239).