New Frontiers on the Information Superhighway:


September 4, 1997
National Press Club

8:30-8:45 Registration
(Doors open at 8:15)
8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
    US Department of Commerce
9:00-10:15 Internet Telephony at a Glance

This panel will provide a brief overview of Internet telephony, its history, current applications, market trends, and the factors driving the development of this market.
  • Daniel Berninger, VocalTec Communications Ltd.
  • Larry Fromm, Dialogic Corporation
  • Nicholas Economides, Stern School of Business at New York University

  • Moderated by Alfred Lee, NTIA
10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Policy Perspectives

Some observers suggest that life will become more complicated for the Internet telephony industry as it grows and matures. Policy experts working in state, national, and international arenas will share their perspectives regarding emerging economic, regulatory and trade issues related to Internet telephony.
  • Diane J. Cornell, Federal Communications Commission
  • Carl Johnson, New York State Department of Public Service
  • Tom Kalil, National Economic Council
  • William Lehr, MIT Internet Telephony Consortium

  • Moderated by Kathryn C. Brown, NTIA
12:00-1:30 Lunch break (Lunch on your own)

1:30-2:15 Evolving Applications

Demonstrations of basic Internet telephony and telephony-related applications.

  • Jeff Pulver,
  • Shane D. Mattaway, Netspeak Corporation
2:15-3:30 Future Directions

As Internet telephony continues to evolve, what applications should consumers expect to see over the next five years? What technical challenges or market impediments exist? What policy approaches would best promote the development of applications that consumers want?
  • Joseph Rinde, MCI
  • Dr. Stephen M. Marcus, AT&T Labs
  • Daniel Weitzner, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Robert Pepper, Federal Communications Commission

  • Moderated by J. Beckwith Burr, NTIA
3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:15 Round Table Discussion

Questions, comments and reactions from audience members at the National Press Club and the Internet audience.

Moderated by:

  • Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
    US Department of Commerce
  • Michael Spencer, Technology Solutions Company


  • Mark Coblitz, Comcast Corporation
  • John Curran, GTE Internetworking Services
  • Frank Gumper, Bell Atlantic
  • Robert McDowell, America's Carriers Telecommunication Association
  • Alistair Woodman, Cisco Systems, Inc.
5:15-5:30 Closing Remarks
  • Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information,
    US Department of Commerce

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