Policy

Britt Set to Appear Before Senate Commerce Panel

2/20/2004 2:57 AM Eastern

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt is tentatively scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday on voice-over-Internet-protocol issues, sources said Thursday.

Time Warner Cable is a cable-industry leader in the rollout of IP-based phone services that offer broadband subscribers a full-featured alternative to phone services offered by the dominant Baby Bell companies.

Jeffrey Citron, chairman and CEO of Vonage Holdings Corp., is also scheduled to testify on the same panel as Britt.

Because VoIP technology routes voice calls the same way it routes electronic mail and instant messages, members of Congress and Federal Communications Commission regulators are trying to determine whether to regulate VoIP like traditional phone service or to treat it like unregulated information services.

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