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Charter’s Voice Service Dispute Won’t Get Supreme Court Review (1)

Oct. 21, 2019, 7:27 PM; Updated: Oct. 21, 2019, 8:28 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review a ruling that Charter Communications Inc.'s voice communications service can’t be regulated by states.

The high court Oct. 21 denied a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission petition to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit decision that Charter’s voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service is an “information service” under federal telecommunications law.

The Federal Communications Commission’s policy against regulating information services preempts states’ ability to regulate them, the Eighth Circuit ruled in September 2018.

The justices gave up a chance to clarify whether VoIP services, which transfer voice messages over internet networks rather than phone...

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