European Commission officials are investigating whether to impose new regulations on the growing Internet telephony business, to protect conventional voice suppliers.
Recent studies suggest telephone services over the Internet could be up to 80 per cent cheaper than current international services delivered by conventional methods. The EC said any rules would help protect the market for all providers of voice telephony.
According to an EC statement: ?The Commission will not impose, in an innovative sector, a rigid regulatory regime, but instead a flexible legal framework which can be adapted to the technological evolution of the sector.?
The EC is calling for consultation from interested parties.
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