End of Free Conference Calling Services?

Have you ever wondered how people are able to provide free, conference calling services to you, without having to charge a lot of money? The answer has been an obscure mix of laws which were originally meant to help fund rural telecom operators, but -- according to an article over at the IEEE Spectrum -- are expected to disappear soon. Those laws have aided at least two Southern California companies,,, both of whom have taken advantage of those laws as the core of their business and revenue models. The Spectrum article speculates on if this is the end for free conference calling services. Image courtesy