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S.F. No. 1742 - Regulation of Voice-over Internet Protocol Service Prohibition (with A-1 Amendment)
Author: Senator Carrie Ruud
Prepared By: Carlon D. Fontaine, Senate Counsel (651/296-4395)
Date: March 9, 2017


Section 1 [Voice-over-Internet protocol service] provides a definition of “Voice-over-Internet protocol service.”

Section 2 [Internet protocol-enable service] provides a definition of “Internet protocol-enable service.”

Section 3 [Voice-over-Internet protocol service and Internet protocol-enabled service] subdivision 1 [Regulation prohibited] prohibits any regulation by a state agency of any aspect of VoIP or IP-enabled service, except as provided in this section.

Subdivision 2 [VoIP regulation] specifies that, to the extent allowed under federal law, VoIP service is subject to Minnesota’s surcharges for 911 emergency service, telecommunications access Minnesota, and the telephone assistance plan. Requires VoIP providers to comply with federal requirements to provide access to 911 service and to report annually to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) how that is accomplished.  

Subdivision 3 [Relation to other law] specifies that nothing in this section affects:

  • the PUC’s jurisdiction over intrastate access rates and terms, dispute resolutions with respect to intercarrier compensation, and wholesale telecommunications services;

  • the authority of local units of government with respect to the regulation of public rights-of-way; or

  • the authority of the attorney general to enforce law governing consumer protections and trade practices.

Subdivision 4 [Exemption] specifies that any IP-enabled video service, including cable TV video service, is not regulated by the state.   

Subdivision 5 [Preservation of existing landline telephone services] specifies that this section does not affect the obligations of a telephone company to offer landline telephone service that is not VoIP service.


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