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The panels at the forum include an array of members from business, government, academia, and public interest groups offering their perspectives on the technology, its state of development, and its many policy implications.

Biographies of the Participants

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Daniel Berninger
Mark A. Coblitz
Diane J. Cornell
John Curran
Nicholas Economides
Larry Fromm
Frank J. Gumper
Carl Johnson
Tom Kalil
William Herndon Lehr
Dr. Stephen M. Marcus
Shane D. Mattaway
Robert M. McDowell
Jeff Pulver
Joseph Rinde
Michael A. H. Spencer
Daniel J. Weitzner

Daniel Berninger
Communication System Consultant
VocalTec, Inc.

As Communication System Consultant for VocalTec, Mr. Berninger's primary responsibility involves advising large corporate and service provider customers on the deployment of VocalTec's Telephony Gateway.

Mr. Berninger was formerly a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories where he worked on quantitative performance assessment of telecommunications services. He was introduced to Internet Telephony through participation on the hardware development team of Free World Dial Up, the world's first large-scale deployment of PSTN/Internet gateways, and as technology lead for the VON Coalition's work on the ACTA Petition.

Mr. Berninger has a BEE and a MSEE, and is working toward a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering.

Mark A. Coblitz
Vice President Strategic Planning
Comcast Corporation

As Vice President of Strategic Planning for Comcast Corporation, Mr. Coblitz's primary responsibility is the development of new business opportunities particularly in the area of emerging technologies. He currently serves in a Board Observer Role of the Internet Capital Group, the Java Fund and Verisign.

Prior to joining Comcast in 1989, Mr. Coblitz was a consultant with Strategic Planning Associates, Washington, D.C. where he consulted on strategic issues in industries ranging from jet engines to financial services to textiles. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force serving at the Pentagon.

He holds a B.S. with honors in Management Science from Case Institute of Technology and is a distinguished graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

Diane J. Cornell
Chief of the Telecommunications Division
International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Ms. Cornell has served as Chief of the Telecommunications Division of the FCC's International Bureau since the bureau was created in 1994. The Telecommunications Division is responsible for international policy rulemakings, facilities and services authorizations, and multilateral and bilateral conferences. Ms. Cornell also handled many of these matters in her role as Chief of the International Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau before the reorganization which created the International Bureau.

During the first several months of 1994, Ms. Cornell served as Acting Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Reed E. Hundt. This marked her third tour as a Commissioner's advisor. Ms. Cornell worked in the Policy and Program Planning Division of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau from 1987 until December 1988. Before joining the FCC, Ms. Cornell was a senior associate specializing in telecommunications with the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Cornell receive her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1975 and her J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.

John Curran
Chief Technical Officer
GTE Internetworking Services

As chief technical officer for GTE Internetworking Services, John Curran is responsible for setting GTE Internetworking Services' strategic technology direction, including establishing the overall direction for Internet products and services. He leads design activities for GTE Internetworking's network and service infrastructure with a particular emphasis on scaling, management, and security issues.

Prior to joining BBN (now GTE Internetworking), Mr. Curran played key roles at Asea Brown Boveri, where he was involved in planning and deployment of the earliest commercial IP services for production applications.

An active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Mr. Curran serves as co-Area Director for Operations and Network Management and is active in a wide range of areas including inter-provider coordination, network reliability, and network peering and settlement.

Nicholas Economides
Stern School of Business
New York University

Dr. Economides is Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business at NYU. In addition, he is a visiting professor of Economics at Stanford University. His fields of specialization and research include the economics of networks, especially of telecommunications and of information, the economics of technical compatibility and standardization, industrial organization, and the structure and organization of financial markets.

Dr. Economides is editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and associate editor of Journal of Regional Science. He has published widely in the areas of networks, telecommunications, oligopoly, positioning of differentiated products, and on liquidity and the organization of financial markets and exchanges.

Dr. Economides holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a B.Sc. (First Class Honors) in Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

Larry Fromm
Vice President of New Business Development

As Vice President of New Business Development for Dialogic, Mr. Fromm is spearheading Dialogic's efforts in Internet Telephony, creating hardware and software platforms for gateways and other servers, and developing partnerships.

Mr. Fromm previously served as General Manager of GammaLink, the wholly-owned Dialogic subsidiary that invented the computer-based fax platform business and leads the high performance fax component industry. Before coming to Dialogic, Mr. Fromm worked in product development and strategic planning at ROLM Corporation.

Mr. Fromm holds a BSE degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Frank J. Gumper
Vice President-Long Range Public Policy
Bell Atlantic

As Vice President for Long Range Public Policy at Bell Atlantic, Mr. Gumper is responsible for the identification of future public policy issues and the development of Bell Atlantic's positions on critical policy issues.

Prior to the merger with Bell Atlantic, Mr. Gumper was the Vice President for Federal Regulatory Planning at NYNEX. In that capacity, he was responsible for the development of NYNEX's telecommunications regulatory policy in the federal jurisdiction, the management of NYNEX's FCC docket filings, and for stakeholdering NYNEX's positions within the industry.

Mr. Gumper has a B.S. Degree from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and a M.A. Degree in Geophysics at Columbia University. In addition, he completed the Master's Degree Program for Executives at Columbia University's Business School.

Carl Johnson
Telecommunications Policy Analyst
New York State Department of Public Service

Mr. Johnson began his career with the New York State Department of Public Service in 1979, and since 1989 has managed the Department's Telecommunications Policy Group. In this role, he is responsible for developing, coordinating, and disseminating the Public Service Commission's telecommunications policies, with particular emphasis on the interaction of state and federal telecommunications policies and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Previously, he held positions in valuation engineering and tariff analysis, where he was responsible for performing cost analyzes, developing rate designs, and reviewing telecommunications tariff proposals.

Mr. Johnson has an MBA in marketing from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

Tom Kalil
National Economic Council

Mr. Kalil is responsible for science and technology issues at the National Economic Council, a White House organization created by President Clinton to coordinate economic policy. In addition to his role in shaping the Administration's National Information Infrastructure agenda, he also is the U.S. National Coordinator for the G-7 Global Information Society pilot projects. Mr. Kalil served as an advisor to the Clinton-Gore campaign on technology and competitiveness issues, and helped organize the Little Rock Economic Summit.

Prior to joining the campaign, Mr. Kalil was a trade specialist at the Washington offices of Dewey Ballantine, where he represented the Semiconductor Industry Association on U.S.-Japan trade issues and technology policy.

Mr. Kalil received a B.A. in political science and international economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and completed graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

William Herndon Lehr
Economist and Industry Consultant

Dr. Lehr is a consultant to the MIT Interoperability Telephony Consortium, an associate faculty member at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, and a research associate at the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information.

Dr. Lehr's fields of specialization and research include industrial organization, political economy, and regulation, especially as these apply to information technology industries. He is currently engaged in research on the effects of computer investment on productivity and organizational structure and on Internet industry structure and pricing mechanisms.

Dr. Lehr holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford, an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School, and MSE, B.S., and BA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stephen M. Marcus
AT&T Labs - Research
Florham Park, New Jersey

From 1986 to the present, Dr. Marcus has worked for AT&T in various capacities, including network telephony, advanced telephony services, and currently applications of speech technology to Internet services. From 1976-1986, he was a principal investigator in the speech research group at the Institute of Perception Research in the Netherlands

Dr. Marcus was born in London, England. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England, in 1976, researching acoustic and phonetic properties of the perception of human speech.

Shane D. Mattaway
NetSpeak Corporation

In May 1995, Mr. Mattaway became NetSpeak's Executive Vice President, Chief Technical Officer and a Director upon NetSpeak's acquisition of the Internet Telephone Company (ITEL) which Mr. Mattaway founded in December 1995.

For approximately 10 years prior to founding ITEL, Mr. Mattaway was the founder and President of Boca Development, a computer consulting and software development firm. Mr. Mattaway also served as an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at a number of universities in South Florida.

Mr. Mattaway's academic background is in Chemistry and Engineering Science from the University of Florida and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State.

Robert M. McDowell
Helein & Associates, P.C.

In addition to his work as a senior attorney with Helein & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based telecommunications law firm, Mr. McDowell serves as Deputy General Counsel to America's Carriers Telecommunication Association (ACTA).

Founded in 1985, ACTA has a membership of over 200 telecommunications service providers. Mr. McDowell's primary duties on behalf of the ACTA include representing the interests of small to mid-sized telecom companies before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the states.

Prior to joining Helein & Associates, Mr. McDowell worked for Arter & Hadden's D.C. office. Mr. McDowell graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1985, and attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Pulver
President of, Inc,

Mr. Pulver is one of the leading experts in the field of streaming audio and video technologies and their effect on business communications. He is a pioneer in the field of Internet Telephony. Mr. Pulver is also the chairman of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, a not-for-profit group formed in March, 1996 to help keep the Internet Telephony industry free from regulations.

Mr. Pulver is the moderator of several mailing lists including the Voice on the Net (VON) and Internet Phone mailing lists, and has developed a related resource library on the net at He is also the Leading Edge columnist for Internet World magazine and the VON Columnist for Boardwatch Magazine., is an Internet based consulting firm which publishes Internet Technology related research, produces trade shows and related conferences and provides consulting services to the telecommunications, financial services, and Radio / TV Industry.

Joseph Rinde
Director Switched Network Architecture
Data Architecture Department

In 1995 Mr. Rinde joined Vint Cerf's data architecture group at MCI where he works on universal dial-in networks, world wide web-based services and IP phone and fax services.

Previously, Mr. Rinde held positions in marketing, product development, data services engineering, and as an independent consultant. Among his assignments was a key role in the development of MCI's Hyperstream Frame Relay network; a study of software quality assurance procedures by major US software development companies; development of standards for collection and exchange of accounting information for cellular systems; and a design for the integration of Tymnet and MCI's IP network.

Mr. Rinde holds a B.Sc. with High Honor from Stevens Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael A. H. Spencer
Vice President
Strategy Consulting Group
Technology Solutions Company

Mr. Spencer is a Vice President with the Strategy Consulting Group at Technology Solutions Company (TSC), based in New York. He has 10 years of consulting experience in the communications and technology industries in Europe and North America. Previously, Mr. Spencer was a Principal at Booz Allen & Hamilton's Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice where he led its Internet and Electronic Commerce initiatives in New York.

Mr. Spencer has led many client studies addressing Internet strategy and capabilities. Representative engagements include: Internet economics and competitive strategy for a US Cable MSO, business planning for an Internet Telephony start-up, architecture planning for a service-creation environment for a wireless operator, software strategy for a US telecom equipment provider, and long-range scenario planning for a Local Exchange Carrier.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Spencer worked at British Telecom Research Laboratories, Martlesham Heath, UK. He holds a degree in (Electrical & Electronic) Engineering Science from St. John's College, Oxford.

Daniel J. Weitzner
Deputy Director
Center for Democracy and Technology

Mr. Weitzner's chief areas of responsibility with the Center for Democracy and Technology include advocacy and research on the policies related to the Internet, the public telephone network, cable television and wireless services with a concentration on civil liberties issues.

Mr. Weitzner was one of the principle drafters of amendments to the electronic Communications Privacy Act that created expanded privacy protection for email transactional information. He regularly appears before state public utility commissions, state legislature on multimedia policy issues and lectures widely on the impact of new media on law and democratic values.

Mr. Weitzner has a degree in law from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College.

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