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Charter’s VoIP is ‘Information Service’ Under FCC Oversight

Sept. 7, 2018, 7:59 PM

Charter Communications Inc.'s internet phone offering is a type of service that should not be regulated by states, a federal court has ruled.

The voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service, branded Spectrum Voice, falls under the category of “information services” regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Sept. 7, upholding a lower court decision. VoIP transfers voice communications over internet networks rather than via traditional phone lines.

The ruling affirms the FCC’s authority in regulating certain types of electronic communications, including telephone and wired internet services. It could enable telecom...

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