V1 VoIP, our resellers and our wholesalers are goverened by the FCC (the Federal Communications Commission). If you are getting into the VoIP business it is important to know what this organization is and what it does.
The FCC is an independent government agency, overseen by Congress. The FCC regulates national and international communications in the United States. The FCC was created by the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure that the communications market remains competitive and to handle communications regulation along with a variety of other tasks.
The FCC is made up of five commissioners appointed by the US president who also must be approved by the Senate. They are appointed to 5-year terms. To ensure a bipartisan make up, only three commissioners can be of the same political party at any one time. None of the commissioners can have a financial interest in any FCC-related business.
Over time, regulations change to accommodate new technologies and the FCC adapt their regulatory programs to include the technology. Lately, they’ve been dealing with the Internet and VoIP technology. Aspects of these considerations may change with new developments in internet technology.
In June 2005 the FCC imposed 911 obligations on providers of interconnected VoIP services VoIP services that allow users generally to make calls to and receive calls from the regular telephone network. You should know, however, that 911 calls using VoIP are handled differently than 911 calls using your regular telephone service.
In addition, the FCC requires interconnected VoIP providers to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA) and to contribute to the Universal Service Fund, which supports communications services in high-cost areas and for income-eligible telephone subscribers.
If you would like more information about the FCC and what they do, visit their website: www.fcc.gov.