Sign of the times? New Hampshire PUC to Regulate Cable VoIP

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 in Jeff Nolte's Blog

In 2009, the New Hampshire Telephone Association asked the NH Public Utility Commission to conduct an inquiry into the appropriate regulatory treatment of VoIP service delivered over cable.

For more details download a copy of the New Hampshire PUC’s decision.

Comcast argued that its VoIP service is categorized as an “information service” under federal law and therefore free from regulation by the PUC.

ew Hampshire considered whether VoIP services delivered over cable should be regulated under its state law. It drew on case law to refute the widely held belief that state regulation of such services is expressly or implicitly preempted by federal jurisdiction.

It also found that the technology used to convert analog sound signals to digitized IP packets for transmission through an IP network does not change the service from “telecommunications” to an “information service” that might fall outside its jurisdiction.

As a result of its findings, the PUC ruled that Comcast and Time Warner must comply with registration and other CLEC requirements for their intrastate cable voice services.

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