It's a bad week to be Vonage. A federal court has ruled that all VoIP providers must start collecting and paying into the Universal Service Fund (USF), adding about $1.30 a month to the average bill. Vonage had sued the FCC to protest not only having to pay but having to pay so much compared to wireline and wireless providers.
To top it all off, South Korean telcos have blocked all access to VoIP services not provided by a company registered in South Korea. This would be such a big deal except that US servicemen stationed in Korea use Vonage lines with US numbers to call home without paying through the nose. The shutoff occurred on June 1 after a one-year delay in enforcement.