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VoIP Industry Pioneer, Jeff Pulver, Observes Contradictions in Federal Government’s Policies on IP Communications – Commits To Providing Venues and Events That Will Enable Technologists and Policy Makers To Engage More Often

Today we broadcasted a news release with quotes from our client,  VoIP Industry Pioneer, Jeff Pulver, observing that there are two critical, yet contradictory government views impacting the future of VoIP — one from the President’s top telecom advisor, and one from the FCC. Michael Gallagher, head of NTIA – the agency that is the President’s voice on Telecom Policy.

Bush Administration Gets VoIP – FCC Does Not Appear To

Pulver is adamant that President Bush gets it on VoIP and notes when the President campaigned for reelection, he openly set an aggressive goal of having affordable broadband access available to all Americans by 2007. 

Pulver’s Proposed Solution:  Technologists and Policy Makers Must Engage More Often

Pulver affirmed his commitment to continue the momentum and make sure the Peripheral Visionaries Summit produces long-lasting positive results for those pushing the limits of IP technology, the Internet and communications and for those attempting to promote the public good and evolving public policy for the Internet Age.

Concludes Pulver, “Technologists tend to talk among themselves without the ears of policymakers and without their immediate input and reaction. Then, the technologists criticize the policymakers for not getting it. Policymakers create policy in a vacuum and then complain that technologists don’t respect public policy or don’t engage policymakers in the formulation of tech policy. Regardless of how brilliant our isolated discourses might be, our insights usually occur in our own echo chambers without any lasting effects. By bringing to DC bleeding edge technologists, academics and analysts, who don’t generally get much exposure to regulators and legislators, I hope that the policymakers might get a better sense for how technology could evolve under the right policy framework, and I hope that the technologists might leave with a better appreciation of how policy evolves.”

“The real problem to me seems to be that we — the IP-based communications innovators — don’t go to DC enough. And now that such a public spotlight has been shining on the Internet (particularly as the Internet can now be used to replicated regulated services), we had better be more engaged.”

“My intention is to bring even more of these unique minds to mix with the DC policy folks next time. If Peripheral Visionaries can be seen as a mecca, a pilgrimage by IP innovators to DC, I think Peripheral Visionaries will play an essential role in the overlap between technology and policy, by serving as a place where innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, analysts, critical commentators, legal minds, advocates, and policymakers might cross-pollinate to seed a mutual virtuous cycle for technology and policy.”

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