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This document sets out Barbados' Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) policy (the VoIP Policy). The VoIP Policy describes the terms and outlines the techniques involved in VoIP technologies. It then sets out the regulatory framework governing VoIP services. This regulatory framework is based on four different classes of VoIP services, each of which has a set of regulatory obligations, responsibilities, and rights attached to it. The four classes of VoIP services are: Primary Line VoIP Services; Secondary Line VoIP Services; Internet Telephony VoIP Services; Peer-to-Peer VoIP Services.
The VoIP Policy also addresses the following issues, among others: the licensing regime for VoIP service providers; VoIP consumer rights and obligations; PSTN and Internet interconnection; quality of service requirements; universal service obligations; and PSTN numbering rights for VoIP services.
By Barbados -- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development, Telecommunications Unit. Published January 2010.