Calif. Bill Barring Agency Oversight Of VoIP Earns Panel's OK

Law360, San Diego (April 17, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT) -- A California Senate panel on Tuesday approved a tech industry-backed bill that would bar the state Public Utilities Commission from regulating Internet-transmitted phone calls after the bill’s author agreed to make clear that existing consumer protections wouldn't be eroded as opponents warned they could be.

The Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee voted 12-0 in support of the bill by committee chair Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, which reaffirms California’s current policy of not regulating Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol communications service unless authorized by...
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