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VoIP Now Technically Illegal In China 181

Posted by timothy
from the hush-it's-just-wise-regulation dept.
ironfrost writes "A recent ruling by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has declared that VoIP services are illegal, except for the ones operated by state-owned telecom operators China Telecom and China Unicom. According to the article, 'the decision is expected to make Skype, UUCall and other similar services unavailable in China,' and is widely seen as a way to protect the traditional telecom operators' profits. Here's a more in-depth story in Chinese (Google Translate version)."
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VoIP Now Technically Illegal In China

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  • Wait a few years and most of the internet restrictions will be implemented here, too.

    I assume you don't live in the US or in France or in Germany or in Italy or in half of Europe.

    If you were, you'd know that it has begun a few years ago, and for some countries, we're getting really close.

    Just look at 's articles about French HADOPI and LOPPSI laws, that go even further than China in internet control and censorship, in most western countries it's also illegal to use VoIP with a GPRS/EDGE/3G/whatever data connection, too bad if it's the one you use for your home's internet. (how they advertise you to do nowadays)

    The internet is in danger, everywhere. Open your eyes and you'll see that we're almost already fucked.

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