The U.S. House of Representatives announced on Tuesday that members of Congress can use Skype’s videoconferencing technology on government computer systems.
The agreement has been under discussion for months, and finally come to fruition after resolving the House’s security concerns.
With the use of Skype, lawmakers will be able to hold virtual meetings with those who can’t travel to the Congressional office, and "communicate with other members more effectively on important issues."
Skype says its engineers worked closely with the Congressional network security team to ensure that Skype is used safely. Each Congressional office will have access to their own Skype Manager account, moreover, members of Congress and their staff can personally configure important privacy settings.