Strategic moves: the Appeal to Authority, or argumentum ad verecundiam
States begin to require licenses for VoIP operators.
"...the state has asked VoIP providers Vonage, VoicePulse, SBC Communications, Net2Phone and Packet8 to apply for the same license that landline phone companies need to operate in California".
Welcome back to the telco wars. You can guess who was most likely responsible for this. The telcos have crippled and then co-opted and then priced up every threatening technology to come along for the last 20 years, all the while utilizing really shady tactics with their own subscribers in order to prop up their creaking business models and margins. I am amazed that they get away with it.
Hey look - it's a disruptive technology! No wait - it's just a massive deadweight loss.
How cute. I've just noticed that, at the same time, the telcosare stalling VoIP for no apparent reason. Could it be because they don't want to innovate? Could it be because they want to prop up their business models due to fears of cannibalization? No way!