The VoIP Debates

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-09-07 Print this article Print

Regulators are at odds over taxing of Voice over IP services.

Are roadblocks standing in the way of VoIP? Pioneering Voice over Internet Protocol companies like Vonage and old-school telecom companies like AT&T are racing to bring inexpensive VoIP services to consumers, and the number of VoIP users is on the rise. But regulators are at odds over how to tax the services.

Three states are now considering legislation and at least three different legislative proposals are pending before Congress.
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John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


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