Voip – Deregulation Versus Anti-Competitive Conduct

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Introduction

This paper will focus on Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and the deregulation versus anti-competitive conduct. In Section I we will discuss the history of VoIP and how it has developed into a standard communication device using traditional telephone lines and tech savvy software. This will be an overview of what the primary intentions for inventing the software and who the pioneers were that patented and launched this successful tangible apparatus, which is used by over 6 million in the United States and an undefined number throughout the world.

Section II is a thorough analysis of economic implications for two popular VoIP services companies in the United States: Skype, Internet based software free to users who have a personal computer and Comcast, a telecommunications corporation that has become the leader in offering bundled services that includes VoIP. The discussion will revolve around the issue of regulation and deregulation of the service and the economic impact that it has on consumers and today’s market. Sections III & IV are a detailed comparison and contrast of the regulation and deregulation for the United States versus India, Canada and the Philippines and the affects of VoIP from an economic standpoint. This will be an analysis of the proponents and oppositions of regulation competitive value and how regulation is allowing states to make decisions and maintain control over VoIP. Section V is the conclusion that will answer the question as to whether or not it is better to regulate or let competition run its course. We take a stance on how the 1996 Telecommunications Acts is not the ideal prototype for regulating VoIP and why we feel that regulation and/or deregulation should be in the public interest.

I. The History of Voice over Internet Protocol

The first Voice over IP Protocol’s used to carry voice…...

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