Saturday, April 22, 2006

On the new Virginia VoIP service law

In HB 1198, the General Assembly has taken voice over internet protocol from the jurisdiction of the State Corporation, and immunized VOIP service providers from money damages for negligence related to the handling of emergency calls.

The new law contains this definition:

"Voice-over-Internet protocol service" or "VoIP service" means any service that: (i) enables real-time, two-way voice communications; (ii) requires a broadband connection from the user’s location; (iii) requires Internet protocol-compatible customer premises equipment (CPE); and (iv) permits users generally to receive calls that originate on the public switched telephone network and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network.

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