VoIP pioneer Jeff Pulver recently said that his interest in VoIP technology was sparked by a ham radio, long before the technology was even a whisper in the communication industry.
Pulver was the chief writer of the first VoIP ruling by the FCC, according to Venturebeat. Currently, the industry expert is working on Zula, an app which aims to enable better communication amongst business teams. Pulver first envisioned VoIP-like technology after seeing his uncle communicate internationally over his ham radio.
"It was amateur radio that unlocked by connection to voice over IP," Pulver said.
Pulver obtained licensing at just 12 years old, after a three and a half year process, Venturebeat stated.
"I haven't shut up since," Pulver joked.
Pulver created software which tracked ham radio logs as a teen. As a college student, he established a spreadsheet company and performed financial analytics on Wall Street. Then, in 1995, the first Internet phone was made publicly available.
"I was amazed that this software would let me talk to people just like the radio," Pulver said.
The following fall, Pulver established a service which would provide free calling between computers. However, he hit a bump in the road when 300 computer companies tried to block these types of communication organizations through the federal government. Pulver initiated a coalition to fight back and ultimately won. According to Southgate, Pulver was the man behind the FCC ruling with allowed for nine years of regulation-free VoIP apps and services. He also established the practice for buying and selling telecom calling, according to Venturebeat.
"If anyone would have told me how impossible this was, I wouldn't have gone, I wouldn't have done it," Pulver said. "It's easy to say no; it's harder to be nuts. It's been an interesting ride."
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