FCC regulation & VoIP: What’s next?

Things have been heating up between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the VoIP industry lately.

Verizon

Updated: Verizon reverses $2 fee after FCC inquiry, customer outrage

Update, 12:31pm PST: Verizon wireless has reversed its decision to institute a $2 fee on customers paying their bills online. The company released a statement confirming the about-face on Friday, a couple hours after the Federal Communications Commission decided to look into the fee. The statement reads:

Can the FCC stop the coming spectrum crunch?

For all the talk of a pending spectrum crunch that is worrying regulators and wireless companies, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski doesn’t seem to be doing a whole lot about it.

FCC’s third way: Regulate Internet access, not Internet content

The Federal Communications Commission revealed more details today about its new plan to regulate the Internet. Previous efforts ran into court resistance, but there were reports yesterday that the agency was about to unveil another approach that would allow it to continue enforcing net neutrality (the principle that Internet providers must treat all Internet traffic equally) without hitting legal hurdles.

FCC looks at new ways to enforce net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission was rebuffed last month in its efforts to regulate Internet providers, but it hasn’t given up. The agency is reportedly preparing new rules that it hopes can promote net neutrality, the principle that providers must treat all Internet traffic equally, without hitting the previous legal hurdles.