FCC says no to FBI on delaying VOIP rules discussion

Despite an FBI petition to delay plans to discuss regulations for Voice over IP services, the Federal Communications Commission plans to open the topic to discussion this week.

VOIP remains on the agenda for the commission's open meeting Thursday, Feb. 12, commission spokesman Michael Balmoris said.

Last month, FBI deputy general counsel Patrick Kelley asked the commission to hold off on talks on VOIP rules proposals. The bureau voiced concern about the technology, particularly the difficulties in monitoring calls that use IP.

The commission has considered the FBI's request and has decided to press on with its review, Balmoris said.

VOIP lets users make telephone calls over the Internet. The commission wants to examine how, if at all, it should regulate commercial VOIP services.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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