Department of Health and Human Services

Skype to replace Pic-Tels

Currently, pic-tel conferences can cost approx. $1000 or more per hour based on the number of connections. It is limited to places that are wired to connect to "bridges" and some systems are incompatible with one another. Skype is Internet based and therefore accessible where there is connectivity or wi-fi available. It would permit greater access to conferencing and meetings, particularly where and when important meetings are scheduled at central Headquarters locations and where senior officials located in the region cannot attend.

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Idea No. 13939