Government may ease VoIP regulations

17 Nov 2004

The Australian government is undertaking a study into the regulations surrounding voice over IP services to see if a change in the licensing regime would encourage broadband network rollouts and increase consumer take-up. According to, the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) is launching an investigation into the technical regulation of VoIP services, while the government’s Department of Communications, IT and the Arts (DCITA) will examine whether existing legislation needs to be altered to assist operators. Liberal MP Jackie Kelly commented: “A key issue here is whether it makes sense for VoIP to be classified as a ‘standard telephone service’ and be subject to the same panoply of regulatory requirements.”