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The challenges of classification: emerging VOIP regulation in Europe and the United States

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Internet telephony (VOIP) has the potential to transform the world of voice communications more profoundly than anything since the invention of the telephone itself. As telecommunications incumbents and a range of new entrants begin rolling out commercial VOIP services, policymakers around the world are grappling with the regulatory implications. In the United States and the European Union, the two largest potential VOIP markets, efforts are underway to fit VOIP into existing regulatory frameworks. This process of "regulatory classification" is by no means a purely administrative act. A lot is at stake and different interest groups have therefore mobilized to shape the respective outcomes.

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  • David Bach, 2005. "The challenges of classification: emerging VOIP regulation in Europe and the United States," Working Papers Economia wp05-19, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment.
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    1. Engelstätter, Benjamin, 2009. "Enterprise systems and innovations," ZEW Discussion Papers 09-086, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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