"Missouri must show bold leadership, not by being the first state to attempt to tax and regulate an exciting new technology, but rather by reining in the regulators," said Giovanetti.
But what might seem like strong support for open technologies like VoIP, it is really nothing more than a veiled attempt to urge further deregulation of local telephone monopolies. The same monopolies that have already squashed broadband competition, creating a duopoly with the local cable company, and are well on their way to doing the same to smaller independent VoIP providers.
"We ought to be praising and rewarding the facilities-based providers who are doing the favor of building out a critical broadband infrastructure using their own risk capital," said Bartlett Cleland, Director of the IPI Center for Technology Freedom.
If Missouri wants to be competitive in the communications market and to entice new and technologically advanced infrastructure, the state should relax regulation rather than increase it.