TechNet Applauds Passage of SB 1161 in California to Maintain Innovation in Internet-Based Communications

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August 22, 2012

TechNet Applauds Passage of SB 1161 in California to Maintain Innovation in Internet-Based Communications

Sacramento, CA — TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today applauded the California legislature for passage of Senate Bill 1161 authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), legislation that will prevent regulation of Voice Over Internet Protocol and other Internet protocol voice services by any state agency until January 1, 2020. The bill passed the Assembly 63-12 yesterday and passed the Senate on concurrence today.

“The Legislature’s action today will preserve California’s leadership in consumer protection and privacy, while providing the certainty needed to sustain investment, job growth and California’s economic leadership in this important sector,” said TechNet Senior Vice President, Jim Hawley. “This legislation will bolster an already flourishing sector in the Golden State’s economy that is delivering compelling new services, choices, and benefits for consumers.”

Vastly more affordable and efficient than the traditional phone network because of their reliance on the open architecture of the Internet, VoIP offers lower prices or free services like video calls, enabling consumers to connect affordably with family and friends in other states or countries.  VoIP and other IP-based technologies are dramatically reducing capital investment requirements and lowering barriers to market entry in the communications sector. This has helped spur the creation of dozens of VoIP companies and thousands of new jobs.

“Entrepreneurs who innovate and challenge the conventional way of doing things always face a big challenge,” said Eve Bukowski, TechNet’s California Executive Director. “This legislation will help overcome a regulatory climate that would have involved long, drawn-out PUC proceedings whose outcome is highly uncertain.”

“We are thankful for Senator Padilla for his yeoman’s work in working with all stakeholders to move this bill forward, and we look forward to Governor Brown signing it into law,” said Hawley.

When signed by the Governor, California would be the 25th state to enact a law exempting VoIP services from state regulation.

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