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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Your government, working for you

The FCC has ruled that any VoIP provider has to apply the Universal Service Fee. The implications of this ruling are pretty far reaching. Off the top of my head, what about Teamspeak or Xfire? When I play UT2004 with my friends, is it now going to cost money? What about open-source products like GAIM? It's going to be impossible to enforce for products like that. Plus, what about the built in gaming voice-chat client that's supposed to be in Windows Vista? Any way you look at it, this is a dumb decision that's going to be nearly impossible to enforce.