House OKs videoconferencing services

Tuesday - 7/12/2011, 10:08am EDT

Members of the House of Representatives will soon be able to use commercial video chat services to communicate with their constituents. Skype and other similar videoconferencing services have been banned in the House since 2006 because of cybersecurity concerns. House leaders feared it could make their systems more vulnerable to hacking. But with the House's introduction of a new public Wi-Fi network, House members will be able to make video calls on that system without compromising the security of Congress' primary intranet.