FRS Releases Second Installment of Rural Telecom Educational Series

December 5, 2005, Arlington, Va. - The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), established in 1994 by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, unveiled the second paper in its Rural Telecom Educational Series, “Demystifying VoIP: Rural America’s Connection to the IP - Enabled National Telecommunications Network,” today on Capitol Hill.

The educational paper explains the evolution of voice over Internet-protocol Contact Caitlin Colligan at 703-351-2086(VoIP) and the network infrastructure upon which such IP-enabled services ride. It explores the driving force behind the application, its future, and its impact and reliance upon the existing telecommunications network infrastructure, built and maintained by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECS) throughout the nation.

In addition to the paper, FRS presented case studies which explored the various regulatory and financial challenges faced by community-based telecommunications providers offering VoIP services to rural consumers.

The Rural Telecom Educational Series was launched in April 2005 by FRS to provide lawmakers rewriting the Communications Act with the knowledge they need to uphold the mandates of previous landmark telecom legislation that ensure all Americans receive quality telecommunications service at reasonable rates, no matter where they live.

The series’ first paper examined universal service and its critical role in ensuring all Americans-urban and rural-access to high quality communications services at reasonable rates. Future installments of the series will focus on wireless technologies, financing, and deregulation and competition.

Visit the FRS Web site to view the paper.

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The Foundation for Rural Service, through its partnership with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association and its members, promotes, educates and advocates to the public, rural telecommunications issues in order to sustain and enhance the quality of life within communities throughout rural America. Visit FRS at www.frs.org.

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 560 locally owned and controlled telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at www.ntca.org.