Using Skype to Contact Your Congressmen

The Plan is Called “Citizen-to-legislator”

By Neil Zawacki
Updated: September 22, 2011

Using Skype to Contact Your Congressmen

On June 28, 2011, the United States House of Representatives approved a measure that allows members of congress to use video conferencing tools like Skype and ooVoo to communicate with their constituents.

John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, released a prepared statement about the measure. He stated, “This is another example of the new Republican majority using digital tools to better engage with and listen to the American people. We’ve committed to keeping our pledge to lead a House that is more open and that gives Americans a real-time voice in their government.”

The adoption of the voice technology will also help congressmen to communicate with their staff at a lower cost. Security will be maintained through modified licensed agreement that require all users to agree to House-specific agreements that comply with House Rules. Skype users will also have to conduct VTC sessions on the House’s Wi-Fi connection in order to reduce the dangers normally associated with peer-to-peer networking.

This is not the first new technology the GOP has adopted since the 2010 midterm elections. The Republican leadership also set up a livestream of the electoral transition and arranged to have the House.com website moved to the Drupal open source content management platform.

Featured Research
  • Best Video Conferencing Features for Business

    Most businesses are currently underutilizing their video conferencing software because they aren’t aware of the different ways it can be used. Understanding the different features of video conferencing software can be critical to getting the most out of your investment. These features often vary from one option to the next as well, so it's important to do your homework before choosing a specific service. more

  • 9 Ways Video Conferencing Supports Business Growth

    90% of information is transmitted in the human brain is visual, and people process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Video and video conferencing is fastly becoming the new must-have business tool for generating profits and successfully growing your business. In fact, over the past four years, the percentage of companies utilizing video conferencing has jumped from 41% to 58%. more

  • 9 Tips for a Compelling Video Presentation

    Face-to-face communication is the most effective way to collaborate and bring ideas to life in your business. Because of this, many businesses invest heavily in travel budgets so they can meet in person to create and nurture business opportunities. However, video technology has become more accessible, affordable, and user-friendly over the years. In fact, the enterprise video business market will reach $36.5 billion by 2018. more

  • 9 Ways Video Conferencing Gives You a Competitive Advantage

    Embracing video conferencing in your business can bring your company many lucrative and positive benefits that will help you excel through better communication and more efficient collaboration. In fact, 89% of professionals agree that video conferencing reduces the time needed to complete projects or tasks. more

  • How Video Conferencing is Transforming Workplace Learning

    Video conferencing has long since surpassed solely being utilized in the conference or board room. In fact, the enterprise video market, which includes video conferencing, will reach $36.5 billion by next year. Video conferencing is used across the workplace spectrum from internal communications to external sales calls and everything in between. more

Related Articles