(PRWEB) February 07, 2013
According to Bloomberg BNA, there will be some upcoming regulatory changes in the FCC’s handling of VoIP. The FCC is in charge of regulations for traditional landline and cellular service, and is looking to expand these standard telecommunication regulations to VoIP service as well.
VoIP, or “Voice over Internet Protocol”, is the technology that allows delivery of phone calls over the Internet. VoIP has grown exponentially these past few years, with hundreds of VoIP providers now on the market providing cheap phone service to users.
With this latest news from the FCC about upcoming regulation standards for VoIP phone service, The Digest has announced the top 5 ways VoIP customers will benefit from changing regulations:
1. Reliable phone service during natural disasters
VoIP users already have fantastic coverage with VoIP services, but regulators want to make sure that VoIP customers can depend on VoIP. Many VoIP customers have already experienced the excellent emergency services available with VoIP, and customers can rest assured knowing that their phone service is dependable.
2. Rates will stay cheap
The main focus of regulations is to prevent monopolies from forming, such as Ma Bell in the 1980s which owned 80% of the entire US phone service. Monopolies stifles competition. Healthy competition is what gives both small providers and big providers the ability to offer cheap competitive prices.
Business and residential VoIP service is so cheap to begin with, and regulations will maintain this competitive market for the benefit of the users.
3. Forced interconnection between VoIP providers
Traditional landline and cellular phone providers already follow the FCC rules about interconnection. This means that one provider must respect phone traffic from a different provider and do so efficiently and professionally. New regulation will ensure that customers get smooth and efficient phone communications, no matter what number they need to call.
4. No fear of discrimination
Traditional phone providers have very strict anti-discrimination clauses they must abide by in order to stay in business. While VoIP is known for their customer-friendly business model, there are not regulations explicitly stating that VoIP providers can not discriminate. Such a firm regulation will officially guarantee that all VoIP users have the right for service regardless of their race, gender, or religion affiliation.
5. Confidence in 911 calls
Regulations will guarantee that 911 emergency calls made from VoIP users will be connected to emergency agencies like the fire department and the police department. As it is, all VoIP providers are required by law to offer a 911 service, so customers don’t need to expect this to change their service in any way.
Regulations tend to have a bad reputation, but new regulations for VoIP providers will be a very good thing for users. It is unknown when these new changes will take place, but what is certain is that VoIP service will always remain competitive, reliable, and best of all, cheap.