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Re: Vonage Complaining Of VoIP 'Blocking'

Scott Dorsey (
15 Feb 2005 10:14:10 -0500

Paul Timmins <> wrote:

> That's what gets me. Last I remember, to qualify as a common carrier, an
> ISP isn't allowed to exact any sort of traffic control beyond what is
> necessary to maintain the stability of the network. Anything more and it
> could be seen as having the ability to control its content, and would be
> vicariously liable for crimes committed over its infrastructure and
> services.

> Isn't that still the case?

I don't know of any ISPs that have classified as common carriers
(although I know some common carriers who also run ISPs.

Part of the regulation that you have to accept as a common carrier is
that you cannot perform any traffic control beyond what is required
for stability, yes. But you also have to deal with a vast additional
body of regulation having to do with connection between networks,
international connections, etc. Getting the government to assign
common carrier status to you is not a trivial business. Why would an
ISP go through that?


-- "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

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