March 4th, 2005

Common sense prevailed


Yohoo! In the case of Vonage vs unnamed LEC (Madison River), Common Sense : 1, Stupidity : 0. Even though the decision is pretty much expected, I am surprised how fast this gets resolved. Thank you, FCC and Mr. Powell!

Fresh on MSN and InternetWeek:

In a first-of-its-kind penalty, a telephone company will pay $15,000 to settle allegations that it blocked phone lines that customers used to make calls over the Internet, federal regulators said Thursday.

Madison River Communications, LLC, also must not block Internet calls in the future, according to the Mebane, N.C.-based company’s settlement with the Federal Communications Commission. The company did not admit to violating any rules.

$15k is a small slap on the waist but is a big warning sign for all others :-)

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