Vonage Briefs FCC Staff on IP Phone


Internet-protocol phone provider Vonage Holdings Corp. huddled with more than
one-dozen senior Federal Communications Commission staff members last week in an
effort to explain its service and discuss related regulatory issues.

On Feb. 27, Vonage chief financial officer John Rego and the firm's
Washington, D.C., attorney sat down for three hours in two meetings with 15 FCC
staff members, including Wireline Competition Bureau chief William Maher.

Later this year, Maher is expected to have a significant role regarding the
scope of FCC regulations that may apply to IP telephony.

A private firm based in Edison, N.J., Vonage recently began marketing a
service that allows cable-modem and other broadband subscribers to tap that
high-speed-data connection to engage in phone-to-phone voice communication.

The brand of IP telephony offered by Vonage is almost entirely unregulated
and utilizes a broadband path without the permission of the network