Judge: Hands off Internet Phones

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” To me, this describes most government regulations. Besides being largely ineffective in the business world as monopolies run wild, I believe that allowing the Internet phone business alone is most certainly the right decision for Minnesota.

A U.S. federal judge rebuffed in strong language Wednesday a move by Minnesota state regulators to force Vonage, a provider of cheap phone calls via the Internet, to comply with rules governing phone companies.

In a decision that could stall efforts by other states to regulate Internet communications, Judge Michael Davis of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota ruled that federal law protects information services from regulation and pre-empts state limits on Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services. [Read the rest]