Regulators worry as Net phone service surges

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff, 1/12/2004

After a long, dry spell, things are getting good for Internet entrepreneur Jeff Pulver — if he can just keep the government from mucking it up. Pulver spent the past decade preparing for the day when the world would adopt a technology called Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP, that transmits speech over the Internet as if it were e-mail. The tech bust of the past three years delayed the revolution, but it has finally arrived. Now Pulver wants help from the government, in the form of a good leaving-alone.


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