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Internet telephony to receive special phone prefix in the U.K.

Posted on Wednesday, September 08 2004 @ 00:01:19 CEST by

U.K. telecommunications industry regulator Ofcom on Tuesday unveiled its plans for Internet telephony, which include setting aside a phone prefix specifically for VOIP calls.

The Office of Communications is addressing the knotty problem of regulation in a similar fashion to the Federal Communications Commission: It is soliciting public comment.

Britons have until Nov. 15 to express their thoughts on requiring voice-over-IP services to include 911-like capabilities and other consumer protection measures. Ofcom Chief Executive Stephen Carter sounded very much like FCC Chairman Michael Powell in the agency's release: "Broadband voice services are a new and emerging market. Our first task as regulator is to keep out of the way."

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