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[FYI] U.S. backs merging Net, phone numbers


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U.S. backs merging Net, phone numbers 

     By Declan McCullagh 

     Staff Writer, CNET News.com

     February 13, 2003, 6:15 PM PT

WASHINGTON--The Bush administration is lending its support to an 
international proposal to map telephone numbers to Internet 

In a recent internal letter, the Commerce Department recommended that 
the United States participate in an emerging electronic numbering 
system, known as ENUM, that will allow people to use one identifier 
for many different purposes, including mobile phones, e-mail, instant 
messaging and faxes. ENUM is designed to accelerate the convergence 
of the telephone network and the Internet and is expected to offer a 
huge boost to online telephony services.  

"The United States should seize this opportunity and take steps to 
participate in e164.arpa, consistent with the highest standards of 
security, competition, and privacy," wrote Assistant Secretary Nancy 
Victory in the letter to the State Department. The domain that will 
be used with ENUM addresses ends with e164.arpa.  


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