Internet Phone Calls Caught in Crossfire As FCC Adopts Rural Broadband Subsidies

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted a radical changeover to the $4.5 billion Universal Service Fund, which will now channel the bulk of subsidies to rural broadband deployment instead of rural phone development. That means more Americans will be turning to Voice Over Internet Protocol phoning. But the FCC’s move, ironically, highlights that VOIP’s future is uncertain because it resides in a regulatory black hole.