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FCC: ILEC’s Can’t Block VOIP

From InfoWorld:

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has ruled that incumbent local exchange carriers must connect to VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) services, overruling two state public service commission opinions.

The FCC “must promote competition in every sector it oversees and create a level playing field among service providers,” said FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, in a statement. The FCC decision “ensures that consumers in all areas of the country reap the benefits of competition in the form of lower prices, innovative services and more choice,” he added.