In a rare show of cyber-tolerance the Clinton administration has decided the federal government should not regulate telephone calls over the Net - for now.
The decision to sit back and observe has been noted by some in the industry as a reaction from the administration's past experience with the CDA, and more recently, encryption.
Larry Irving, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, told a conference gathered to discuss Internet telephony last week: "The Clinton administration comes to this issue with a general attitude of regulatory forbearance. Clinton, vice president Al Gore and secretary (of Commerce) William Daley and I all have spoken about the need to let new telecom and information technologies blossom and grow, and the importance of looking to the private sector for solutions to problems."
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