FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 1997
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WASHINGTON, DC -- The complete transcript of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) day-long forum on Internet Telephony is now available on the Internet at The forum, which took place Thursday, September 4, at the National Press Club, featured over 20 experts from industry, academia and government. The speakers' presentations covered a wide range of topics, including in-depth presentations about the technology's future and what policy issues it raises.

"We wanted to make the transcript available on the Internet because it provides an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning more about this exciting technology," said Larry Irving, assistant secretary of Commerce and administrator of NTIA. "It also allows us to broaden the reach of this important forum by making it available to people that were not able to attend in peron or to listen to the live broadcast on the day of the forum."

NTIA held the forum as part of a series of forums on emerging technologies. The forum was attended by over 150 people and was accessed live on the Internet by people from eight countries. For more information about the Internet Telephony Forum, visit the NTIA website at

The next NTIA Technology Forum will be on November 6 at the National Press Club. It will feature experts who will discuss the role of wireless technologies in bringing competition to the local telephone market. Additional details about this forum will be made available on NTIA's website as they become available.

NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information issues.