I am an ENUM Forum founding member, and it is simply not as squeaky clean as the individual pieces, looked at separately, might appear.
To begin with, I'm tired of these VoIP aka ENUM "we are the world" articles springing up everywhere claiming that they are saving entrepreneurs and consumers from PSTN regulatory stranglehold because "the internet isn't regulated."
That's why this story is exactly where it belongs - here on ICANNWatch, because we know better.
ENUM people have apoplexy every time the word ICANN comes up at a meeting because they have to keep up this premise of no regulatory body on the internet - they have to make these VoIP boys BELIEVE, or they won't help bring telecom over to the Promised Land.
How long will it take for "ICANN [to] become an unaccountable regulatory body that controls prices, services, and business practices" [icbtollfree.com] over VoIP companies too?
Whether ICANN or whomever DoC anoints and appoints, we know the internet is regulated, so if everything's on the up-and-up, why the face-to-face lies and PR subterfuge campaign?
Splain me that, Lucy.