Sort of reminds me of that old saying; ‘Don’t tread on me’. Anyway, Skype is asking not to be regulated and to be honest, I can’t say that I blame them.
The anticipated “web affiliate program” which Skype announced today didn’t generate the stir here in Stockholm. Instead, a passionate plea to regulatory authorities was made by Niklas Zennström, asking them to regulate the incumbent carriers, not the newcomers.
The spur for this clearly heart-felt call was the decision by the Norwegian regulator to insist that any Voice over IP providers in that country should provide standard emergency calls. Skype responded by disabling its links to the PSTN in Norway. That means, no SkypeOut and no SkypeIn services, pending resolution of the dispute. [Read the rest]