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

Laurent-David Hasson (ldh@interlog.com)
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 14:40:34 -0500


He he he.... Major paradigme shift, and the old dinosaurs cannot follow...

Laurent.

At 16:41 03/17/96 -0500, Tak Utsumi wrote:
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>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>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>>
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>Dear Electronic Colleagues:
>
>(1) Attached is a msg from Roger Boston at Houston Community College.
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> I also received the same flyer from Marcio Marchini in Ottawa,
> Canada.
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>(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
>
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>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)
>
> *******************************************************
> VON ALERT -- FWD ALERT --IPHONE ALERT -- NETWATCH ALERT
> *******************************************************
>
>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:
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>"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)
>
>___________________________________________________________________________
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> 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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>* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
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