By Paul Kapustka Advanced IP Pipeline Voice over IP proponents on the California Public Utilities Commission made good on their pledge to withdraw the commission's original motion to appeal the FCC's Vonage Order, meaning that California's influential public utilities board no longer opposes the idea of federal-only regulation of Voice over IP.
In a closed session during the CPUC's meeting Thursday, the commission decided to withdraw its appeal, according to a source close to the proceedings. The CPUC is expected to make a formal announcement of its decision soon, either today or early next week.
How the California PUC's decision may affect other states' similar motions is unclear. But at the very least, it moves the influence of regulators from one of the country's largest telecommunications markets to the other side of the VoIP regulatory chessboard, the side in favor of national VoIP policymaking.
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