Pulver Petitions FCC for Exemption

CEO Jeff Pulver petitions the FCC for a Declaratory Ruling that voice-over-Internet service Free World Dialup has no regulatory obligations

February 6, 2003

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WASHINGTON -- Jeff Pulver, CEO, pulver.com submitted a petition to the Federal Communications Commission for a Declaratory Ruling that voice over Internet service Free World Dialup (http://www.pulver.com/fwd) suffers no regulatory obligations. The petition notes that, in contrast to calls transmitted over private inter-exchange networks that use Internet protocol, FWD's services are transmitted over the same "common" Internet backbone facilities that carry Internet service provider (ISP) and all other types of public Internet traffic. Free World Dialup members can make no-cost telephone calls between each other. "Regulatory uncertainty creates as much of a burden for launching new communication services as the technical and business obstacles," said Jeff Pulver. "The FCC can meet its founding objectives of supporting low cost ubiquitous communications and deployment of advanced services by making it clear voice applications of the Internet remain unburdened by the regulations. Deployment of Voice over the Internet has the potential to restore the entire Information Technology sector to health." "Free World Dialup illustrates precisely the problems of trying to get legacy regulations to fit emerging Internet applications," said Daniel Berninger, Managing Director, pulver.com. "The end user experience of Free World Dialup seems similar to a traditional telephone call, but this does not justify applying traditional regulations. Free World Dialup has none of the characteristics that originally motivated telecom regulations." Pulver.com

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