According to PCPro, the FCC has handed out a $15,000 fine to Madison River Communications Corp for blocking access to VoIP calls. The action is seen as a warning to other telcos not to prevent the growth of VoIP over their networks.
Nice to know that somewhere at least the govt. is looking out for the consumer. The Pakistan govt. in earlier times used to do the exact opposite of the above - now with the introduction off the broadband policy, does anyone know if things have changed for the better? When I got a DSL connection at home, I had to sign a paper saying I would not use VOIP. Now, I was planning to use VOIP so I asked someone at Cybernet, and they sorta jumped when I asked them about VOIP so I said fine fine I'm not going to use it and completed the paperwork. Needless to say, it works just fine, and with a good headset the voice quality is better than a mobile phone call, and sometimes as good as a landline.
At work, with our DSL connection they specifically said that VOIP is not allowed. It works, but it's illegal to use it.