The Federal Communications Commission held this Public Forum at it's headquarters in Washington, DC to discuss Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). All FCC Commissioners participated. The purpose of the Forum was to gather information concerning advancements, innovations, and regulatory issues related to VoIP services.
FCC Commissioners' Opening Remarks.
Chairman Powell: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Copps: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Martin: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Adelstein: Word | Acrobat
Chairman Powell Announces the Formation of an Internet Policy Working Group.
News Release: Word | Acrobat
Letters from U.S. Senators on the VOIP forum.
Senator George Allen, Senator John Ensign, Senator John McCain, Senator John E. Sununu, Senator Ron Wyden
Remarks of Chairman Powell on Voice Over IP at the Technology Advisory Council Meeting.
Word | Acrobat
| Welcome |
| Opening statements by Chairman and Commissioners |
Chairman Michael K. Powell Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy
Commissioner Michael J. Copps Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein Word | Acrobat
| Background Presentation by FCC Staff |
FCC Precedents regarding VoIP
| Panel I - What is VoIP? (technical and service features and issues) |
The first panel will address technical and market issues surrounding VoIP service. Panelists will be asked to describe the technology and capabilities of VoIP, and how VoIP can be used to offer end users lower-cost, innovative services with capabilities previously unavailable in voice communications. Panelists will address how the FCC might distinguish among the numerous services employing VoIP, and whether it could feasibly distinguish between VoIP and other IP-enabled applications facilitating communication (ranging from e-mail to instant messaging to videoconferencing to interactive online gaming).
Kevin Werbach, Founder
Charles H. Giancarlo, SVP & General Manager
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Jeff Pulver, President & CEO
John Hodulik, Managing Director, Communications Group
John Billock, COO
Time Warner Cable
| Break |
| Panel II - VoIP and Public Policy |
The second panel will address public policy questions raised by VoIP. Panelists will be asked to address what, if any, regulatory obligations currently imposed upon traditional circuit-switched voice service providers should be placed upon VoIP providers and whether from either legal or technical perspectives such obligations are feasible. Panelists may focus on traditional utility regulatory issues such as non-discrimination and price regulation as well as social policies such as access by persons with disabilities, universal service, CALEA, and E911.
Michael Gallagher, Acting Assistant Secretary
Department of Commerce
Commissioner Carl Wood
Commissioner Charles Davidson
James Crowe, CEO
Tom Evslin, CEO
Jeffrey Citron, CEO
Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Project on Telecommunications Access
University of Wisconsin
| Closing statements by Chairman and Commissioners |
Submissions to the VoIP Forum
Submissions to the VoIP Forum were accepted through Monday, December 15, 2003 are now part of the VoIP Forum’s record and are available to the public. They are not a part of the record of any current proceeding unless separately submitted to that proceeding.