Sunday, October 28, 2007

The FCC, Washington and Big Brother Communications Companies

WASHINGTON - Two Senators on Friday called for a congressional hearing to investigate reports that phone and cable companies are unfairly stifling communications over the Internet and on cell phones. Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said the incidents involving several companies, including Comcast Corp., Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., have raised serious concerns over the companies' "power to discriminate against content." They want the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to investigate whether such incidents were based on legitimate business policies or unfair and anticompetitive practices and if more federal regulation is needed. "The phone and cable companies have previously stated that they would never use their market power to operate as content gatekeepers and have called efforts to put rules in place to protect consumers 'a solution in search of a problem,'" they said in a letter to Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the committee's chairman. A committee spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter. An Associated Press report on Oct. 19 detailed how Comcast Corp. was interfering with file sharing by some of its Internet subscribers. The AP found instances in some areas of the country where traffic was blocked or delayed significantly. Comcast the nation's No. 2 Internet provider has acknowledged "delaying" some subscriber Internet data, but said the delays are temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users. Verizon Wireless in late September denied a request by Naral Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group, to use its mobile network for a sign-up text messaging program. The company reversed course just a day later, calling it a mistake and an "isolated incident." AT&T reportedly changed a service agreement that previously included language permitting the company to cancel accounts of Internet users who disparage the company. Several lawmakers, including Dorgan, earlier this year introduced so-called legislation promoting "Net neutrality," which is the principle that all Internet traffic be treated equally by carriers. Equal treatment of traffic is long-standing practice on the Internet. The legislation is a response to suggestions by phone companies that they would like to charge Web sites extra for preferential treatment of their traffic. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. and Britain-based Vodafone Group PLC.

Here come the "Thought Police"

Thursday, October 25, 2007




IF THE "administrator" OF THE CALL HANGS UP THE CALL IS OVER FOR EVERYONE, that is not true of a chat line, which is always on.

THE NEW NUMBER IS (308)344-6459

Use this number with the access code you allready have

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfires In Southern California

All of us here at Free TeleCon hope that if you are affected by the evacuations from the fire that you are safe. This is a reminder to be prepared! You can use our service to maintain contact with groups of people, coordinate evacuations etc.

But most importantly, be safe.

Thank you to all of the firefighters on the front lines all over Southern California.

Monday, October 22, 2007

How 2 Guys' Iowa Connection Took Big TeleCom For A Ride

This is a story about the origins of the free conference service industry. Free TeleConferencing is not associated with Free Conference Call or David Erickson

RICEVILLE, Iowa -- Two-and-a-half years ago Ron Laudner was the anxious owner of a rural phone company serving this tiny town, where Main Street was emptying out as restaurants and other businesses disconnected their phones and moved to busier commercial districts.
More than 1,800 miles away, David Erickson was running a Web-based conference-calling business in Long Beach, Calif., shopping around for phone companies to be his partners.
In mid-summer 2005 this unlikely duo struck a deal. They routed millions of minutes of Mr. Erickson's conference calls through the switches of Mr. Laudner's Farmers Telephone of Riceville. To do it, they used outdated federal regulations to charge telecom companies such as
AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. steep rates and collected huge profits at their expense. Together, the two made hundreds of thousands of dollars. Soon, Mr. Laudner cut other deals to generate even more traffic. At the peak, his little telephone company was facilitating conversations among everybody from Mary Kay Cosmetics employees to customers of Male Box, an "all male all gay" chat line.
"I'm not going to argue I didn't think it was amazing," Mr. Laudner says.
But the big phone companies had another term for it. "Verizon is not going to stand by while irresponsible companies use this traffic-pumping scheme to overcharge our company," says Tom Tauke, vice president of public affairs, policy and communications for Verizon.
The deal between Messrs. Laudner and Erickson illustrates how tumult in the telecom industry has given rise to opportunities -- and headaches -- as entrepreneurs exploit outdated regulation. Their arrangement, and deals like it, spawned lawsuits, blocked phone calls and triggered an investigation by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission into the high fees some rural carriers charged to the Bells. Late Tuesday, the FCC proposed rules that, if approved, are likely to prevent such deals in the future.
"We got smacked and smacked hard," Mr. Laudner says.
The partnerships benefited from the confluence of hot demand for conference calling and a proliferation of cheap long-distance plans. But the key was federal rules drafted during the 1983 break-up of Ma Bell, which required big telecom companies to pay hefty fees to small carriers to compensate for the high cost of providing service across miles of sparse farmland. Today, because of new technology, hundreds of callers can be linked at very little cost, no matter their location.
The Iowa plan worked like this: Mr. Erickson's assigned a local Iowa telephone number to a group offering a conference call. When customers dialed the number, they went through their own carriers -- say, AT&T -- to be routed to Farmers Telephone in Iowa. Farmers Telephone then linked the callers to each other. Farmers charged the Bells steep rates to transmit their customers' calls and split the proceeds with
Mr. Erickson is a 42-year-old high-school graduate from Long Beach who gave up a childhood dream of becoming an architect to instead run construction companies that built machines for designing curbs and gutters. He dabbled in running insurance companies briefly before getting interested in telecom by going to a trade show with a friend and being wowed by a device that allows videoconferencing between PCs.
Mr. Erickson formed in October 2001 working with a Boston phone company. He handled the marketing to attract customers to the service while the phone company provided the phone numbers and transmitted the calls. Mr. Erickson's business plan was to give away free conference calling and sell businesses other things, like a service that would allow users in multiple locations to work on spreadsheets simultaneously.
To read the whole story go to the Wall Street Journal

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Free Tele Conferencing Brings Families & Friends Together

With families spread all over not only the country, but the entire planet, it is difficult to get everyone you need to talk to all in one place, but now you can with Free TeleConferencing! Our service provides you with a phone number and access code, yours to use free, up to 96 people per conference, unlimited conferences. AND you can record and download your conference!
Simply go to the website and sign up for your free account, just enter your name and address and you will be given a phone number and access code. Give the info to everyone you want to talk to, tell them what time everyone is calling, and youre set. All your people are with you, in one call! The only charges are your normal long distance charges. So if you have a good plan... IT'S FREE!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

iPhone & Free TeleConferencing

Got an iPhone? Use it with Free TeleConferencing and keep in touch with people everywhere! DO IT NOW!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Any Phone - Any Time - Anywhere - FREE! is a necessary tool for sales managers, district managers, realtors, event coordinators, anyone who needs to bring multiple people together in one call, EFFORTLESSLY!!
Simply go to the website, or click here enter your name and email and you will be given a phone number and access code, yours to use free! The only charges are your normal long distance charges, so if you have a good phone plan where you don’t pay long distance, You do the math! Its free!
Free TeleConferencing is also great for Political Campaign Communications! Use our Voice Box service to broadcast your message to your constituents. You can record up to an hour long message!

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Academic Coaching/Tutoring & Free TeleConferencing

From Wikipedia "Academic Coaching is an evolution of Mentoring applied to academics. Mentoring implies the student is an empty vessel into which knowledge is poured. Coaching involves a more collaborative approach, assuming the student is already in the "game" of learning. Coaches help students learn how they best learn and how to operate in an academic environment. Tutors help students learn the material in individual courses while coaches help students learn how to be successful in school. In college, that includes such topics as: study skills, time management, stress management, effective reading, note-taking, test-taking, and understanding how to use a syllabus. Academic Coaches meet with the student regularly throughout the semester, usually once a week. Coaches work with students in all kinds of situations, not just those who are struggling academically. Some highly motivated, high-achieving students will have a coach to improve their learning efficiency."

Free TeleConferencing is a great solution for tutor's and academic coaches. Expand your reach with our services, check it out, sign up today!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Free TeleConferencing Anytime, Any Phone, Anywhere!

With Free TeleConferencing you can network with the people you need to, from any phone, anywhere! No expensive equipment is needed, no credit card is needed, simply go to the website, enter your name and an email address and you will be given a phone number and code, yours to use FREE!!!!
The only charges are your normal long distance charges, so if you have a good plan, IT'S FREE!!!

Remember, Free TeleConferencing works on ANY PHONE, ANYWHERE!!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Wall Street Journal

A recent edition of the famed "Wall Street Journal" featured a cover story about the Free Conference Call Corporation of America.
Portions of the article will be posted here soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Free TeleConferencing's Suite of Services has gotten Bigger with the addition of Simple Voice Box and Simple Voice Center, couple those with now having the ability to record and download your conference makes Free TeleConferencing the perfect solution for all your conference and communication needs. We have also made it simple, simply go to and sign up for your free account today.