VoIP: A proposal for a Regulatory Scheme

By Steven C. Judge

Summary: The fast-emerging technology of Voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) has incited a debate over whether it should be regulated and who should be assigned the task. VoIP technology involves a blend of two industries: telephone, which has regularly been the subject of regulation, and the Internet, which has normally been left alone. The concern involved is that however the regulatory scheme is set up, it will have untold, and probably far reaching, impacts on the Internet.

Too much regulation could restrict the developing technology and adversely affect the impact on the Internet, but too little could have the same adverse effect on the telephone. It is important that when determining how to regulate VoIP, that the regulatory bodies, both state and federal, look to the past mistakes made in the regulatory schemes for the telephone.

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The Baby and the Bathwater Too: A Critique of American Library Ass’n v. U.S.

By Marc H. Greenberg

Obscenity law has long been marred with inconsistencies and uncertainties, and the water has only been muddied by the advent of the technical age and the multiple legislative attempts to restrict access in public libraries. Furthermore, courts have not adequately resolved the constitutionality of much of the related legislation.

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The United States’ Undisturbed Silence and the United Kingdom’s Strong Voice: Comparative Approaches to Regulation of Sex Selection

By Sheila Schwallie

Some governments have already developed opinions and drafted regulations on “designer babies” as bio-technological advances are getting close to making it a reality for parents to design their babies before in vitro fertilization. In the United Kingdom, heavy regulation of sex selection has been requested while the United States has not yet voiced a unified opinion on the issue despite the increasing use of sex selection procedures.

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