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FCC Chairman Powell Says Agency is "actively on this case"

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Tue, 15 Feb 2005 11:19:09 -0500

February 14, 2005
Vonage Complaining Of VoIP 'Blocking'
UPDATED: FCC Chairman Powell says agency is "actively on this case."

By Paul Kapustka Advanced IP Pipeline

BOULDER, Colo. -- Leading Voice over IP service provider Vonage
Holdings has complained to the Federal Communications Commission that
competitors are blocking the use of its service, according to FCC
chairman Michael Powell and others close to the company.

"We're very actively on this case and we are taking it pretty
seriously," said Powell, during an interview Monday here at the
Silicon Flatirons conference. In a speech at the conference Sunday,
Stanford law professor Larry Lessing said that Vonage has been telling
the FCC that other service providers are hampering Vonage's VoIP
service by "blocking" it from reaching certain SIP addresses for
end-user devices.

According to Powell, his understanding is that the blocking is not
coming from major service providers, but from rural Local Exchange
Carriers (LECs). Brooke Schulz, Vonage's senior vice president for
corporate communications, said Monday that the company would not
comment on the report.

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