Voice-On-the-Net (VON) (fwd)

Tak Utsumi (utsumi@solar.rtd.utk.edu)
Sun, 17 Mar 1996 16:41:14 -0500 (EST)


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Date: Sun, 17 Mar 1996 10:18:15 -0500 (EST)
From: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@solar.rtd.utk.edu>
Subject: Voice-On-the-Net (VON)

<<03/17/96, 9:19 am>>

Dear Electronic Colleagues:

(1) Attached is a msg from Roger Boston at Houston Community College.

I also received the same flyer from Marcio Marchini in Ottawa,
Canada.

(2) I strongly suggest that you act on this with your decision ASAP.

(3) I agree with Roger -- "by-passing" is the nature of ACTA members for
their "competition" (thus, lowering their costs for their customers'
benefit), so why not by VON providers, since one of whose customers
is the students of electronic distance education, particularly in
underserved areas around the world?!

Best, Tak
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Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 22:38:08 -0600 (CST)
From: Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>
To: utsumi@solar.rtd.utk.edu
cc: 71234.2601@compuServe.com, barry.mclarnon@crc.doc.ca,
carlin@postbox.csi.cuny.edu, ciaccio@postbox.csi.cuny.edu,
dhokney@flash.poly.edu, dkarl@karlnet.com, jimmsl@aol.com,
mkrsi@cunyvm.cuny.edu, rkrutsick@aol.com, utsumi@columbia.edu,
wrk2101@tamu2000.edu, rboston@onramp.net
Subject: [IPhone]: 'VON/FWD/IPHONE' ACTIVITIES CONSIDERED "MISUSE OF THE
INTERNET" - BY ACTA (130 USA Long Distance Telephone Carriers) (fwd)


ALL -
This message has disturbing implications for those of us who are
endeavoring to apply VON concepts to distribute instruction at low costs
across the world's network. I do not happen to believe this is a "misuse"
of the NET but it might be a discussion topic for CAADE? What do you
think?

Roger Boston
HCCS Distance Learning

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Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 15:03:07 -0500 (EST)
From: Sandy Combs <scombs@together.net>
To: iphone@Pulver.COM
Subject: [IPhone]: 'VON/FWD/IPHONE' ACTIVITIES CONSIDERED "MISUSE OF THE
INTERNET" - BY ACTA (130 USA Long Distance Telephone Carriers)

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VON ALERT -- FWD ALERT --IPHONE ALERT -- NETWATCH ALERT
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It appears that our recent FREE WORLD DIALUP press release was the straw
that broke the camel's back.

The FCC was petitioned yesterday by ACTA "TO STOP MISUSE OF THE INTERNET".

The sale and use of Voice-On-the-Net (VON) software is being challenged by
130 of the USA's largest long distance telephone carriers. Among them,
MCI, SPRINT, and LDDS.

According to the ACTA press release:

"A growing number of companies are selling software programs with ancillary
hardware options that enable a computer to transmit voice conversations.
This, in fact, creates the ability to "by-pass" local, long distance and
international carriers and allows for calls to be made for virtually 'no
cost.'"

And also, "...the misuse of the Internet as a way to "by-pass" the
traditional means of obtaining long distance service could result in a
significant reduction of the Internet's ability to transport its ever
enlarging amount of data traffic."

'VON' COALITION BEING FORMED

A VON Coalition is currently being formed and members will testify at the
spring meeting of the FCC when they discus telephony issues.

If you don't want to loose your right to VON technology, NOW is the time to
be counted.

WHAT CAN I DO?

We need an immediate head count of those on these lists that CARE ENOUGH TO
BECOME INVOLVED!

Subscribe RIGHT NOW to this SPECIAL VON Coalition list: vonYES@pulver.com

To subscribe: VON Coalition List

1) send E-MAIL to: majordomo@pulver.com
2) leave the SUBJECT blank
3) in the BODY write - subscribe vonyes

To subscribe: VON Coalition List Digest

1) send E-MAIL to: majordomo@pulver.com
2) leave the SUBJECT blank
3) in the BODY write - subscribe vonyes-digest

Further discussions regarding the VON Coalition will be posted to the above
only.

If you DO NOT act TODAY, your rights and FREE TELEPHONE via the internet
may well be lost!


Jeff Pulver
Sandy Combs
[your name here]


(Press Release distribution authorized by, Jennifer Durst-Jarrell,
Executive Director, ACTA 3/5/96)

___________________________________________________________________________

FCC PETITIONED TO STOP MISUSE OF THE INTERNET!

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The America's Carriers
Telecommunication Association (ACTA), a trade association of competitive,
long distance carriers today petitioned the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to stop companies from selling software and hardware
products that enable use of the Internet to voice long distance services.

A growing number of companies are selling software programs with ancillary
hardware options that enable a computer to transmit voice conversations.
This, in fact, creates the ability to "by-pass" local, long distance and
international carriers and allows for calls to be made for virtually "no
cost." For example, on-line service providers generally charge users
around $10.00 for five hours of access and then around $3.00 for each
additional hour. Five hours equals 300 minutes, divided by $10 is 3.3
cents per minute. The average residential long distance telephone call
costs about 22 cents per minute or seven times as much.

The Internet is a unique form of wire communications. The rapid growth of
the Internet is stressing the capacities of the Internet itself. The
Internet access points are growing at 50% per month with subscriber growth
running close to 30% per month. Individuals are accessing the Internet for
more and more business applications such as market research, news, and
advertising with corporate web sites exploding, to say nothing about using
the Internet for E-mail applications.

ACTA submits that it is incumbent upon the FCC to exercise jurisdiction
over the use of the Internet for unregulated interstate and international
telecommunications services. Long distance and international carriers must
be approved by the FCC to operate and must file tariffs before both the FCC
and state public service commissions. All of these requirements are
stipulated in the Communications Act of 1934 and the Telecommunications Act
of 1996.

Technology may once again be surpassing government's ability to control its
proper use. However, the misuse of the Internet as a way to "by-pass" the
traditional means of obtaining long distance service could result in a
significant reduction of the Internet's ability to transport its ever
enlarging amount of data traffic. Therefore, ACTA has petitioned the FCC
to define the type of permissible communications which may be effected over
the Internet.

America's Carriers Telecommunication Association was founded in 1985 by
independent long distance companies to serve the needs of small businesses
and to advance the goals of more effective competition. ACTA's membership
today includes over 130 companies engaged in providing telecommunications
services.
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