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Free World Dialup is a non-commercial Voice over IP network, founded by Jeff Pulver, Brandon Lucas & Izak Jenie that allows users to make free telephone calls using VoIP to other Free World Dialup users around the world. Free World Dialup also permits limited connections to the public switched telephone network, for example, it is currently possible to make calls from Free World Dialup to toll-free numbers in the United States and certain other countries, and to receive calls from the PSTN via gateway numbers in some cities. A typical VoIP Solution A typical analog telephone adapter for connecting an ordinary phone to a VoIP network Voice over IP (also called VoIP, IP Telephony, Internet telephony, and Digital Phone) is the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network. ... Jeff Pulver is president and CEO of pulver. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... IP Telephony, also called Internet telephony, is the technology that makes it possible to have a telephone conversation over the Internet or a dedicated Internet Protocol (IP) network instead of dedicated voice transmission lines. ... The public switched telephone network (PSTN) is the concatenation of the worlds public circuit-switched telephone networks, in much the same way that the Internet is the concatenation of the worlds public IP-based packet-switched networks. ...


This is the first press release in 1996:


Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 16:08:39 -0500 (EST) From: Sandy Combs <scombs@together.net> To: netwatch@Pulver.COM Subject: [NetWatch]: FWD Press Release - Here it is!


Free World Dialup Global Server Network announces FREE TELEPHONE CALLS - ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - TO ANY PHONE


NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 29/PRNewswire/ -- The Free World Dialup Global Server Network (FWD) publicly launches today, Thursday, February 29, 1996. The FWD 2.0 beta project is an entirely volunteer-supported effort coordinated in cyberspace using Internet telephony, email and chat software with true World-Wide participation.


This remarkable public service offers FREE telephone calls via the Internet to ANY TELEPHONE (internet connected or not) in participating cities throughout the world! There are currently 42 (forty-two) committed community servers in over 40 (forty) countries with over 375 (three hundred seventy-five) enthusiastic volunteers.


Windows (PC) based, FWD merges the Internet, Internet telephone software, such as IPhone, and conventional telephone service.


Jeff Pulver, Project Manager, announced, "The FWD Project has been a global effort from the start - and it is a great representation of 'Net' Team Work. The project team spans several places: Jakarta, Tokyo, London, Seattle, and New York.


We are looking forward to being able to provide a Free service open to the Internet Community - for non-commercial communication between friends and family members from around the world.


With the advent of AT&T's new internet venture and association with Netscape, we are confident there will be additional FWD Server sites going online throughout the United States as a direct result. We admire AT&T's business partner, BBN (http://www.bbn.com/) for their dedication to the FWD project. BBN has recently setup a FWD Server which is servicing the Cambridge, MA (Boston) area."


From now until April 30th - The FWD Project strongly encourages those who wish to participate and run a FWD Server to come forward at this time and join the experiment.



The FWD HOMEPAGE (http://www.pulver.com/fwd/) fully details the project. The FWD WORLDWIDE SERVER HOMEPAGE (http://www.bekkoame.or.jp/~brandon/fwd/fwd.html) provides information to potential volunteer servers and supplies our present servers with up-to-date information on the project.



If you want to know which servers are on-line RIGHT NOW, visit the FWD Server Real-time Homepage (http://gsn.pulver.com/gsn/gsn.htm).



FWD Project Team members are: Jeff Pulver<jeff@pulver.com>, Project Manager; Izak Jenie <izjenie@rad.net.id>, Director of Development; Brandon Lucas <brandon@ppp.bekkoame.or.jp>, Global Server Coordinator; Lynda Meyer <lmeyer@nette.com>, Legal Coordinator; and Sandy Combs <scombs@together.net>, Global Media Coordinator.


See also

Packet8 is a commercial Voice over IP network, that provides telephone service via a broadband connection. ... Vonage is a commercial voice over IP network that provides telephone service via a broadband connection. ...

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Free World Dialup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (291 words)
Free World Dialup (FWD) is a non-commercial Voice over IP network run by Pulver.com and founded by Jeff Pulver, Brandon Lucas, and Izak Jenie.
For example, it is currently possible to make calls from Free World Dialup to toll-free numbers in the United States and certain other countries, and to receive calls from the PSTN via gateway numbers in some cities.
As of a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission on February 12, 2004, FWD is considered by the Wireline Competiton Bureau to be neither telecommunications nor a telecommunications service, but an information service.
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