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More on VoIP E911 and the FCC

August 15, 2005

I recently moved into a new home and with that move, I decided to take the plunge and switch to Cablevision's VoIP service Optimum Voice. No more Verizon. No more AT&T.  Of course, the first two weeks were plagued with quality issues. I couldn't believe my luck.  Here I am the editorial director of the longest running VoIP magazine and after hearing great things from my friends who actually use Cablevision's service, I get the lemon?

FCC VoIP Order: It was only a matter of time

August 15, 2005

Here we go. We all knew it was only a matter of time before the FCC would hear an appeal from one (or some) of the service providers offering VoIP service regarding the E911 order.  It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Nuvio today announced that it has filed an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order requiring VoIP providers to make E911 available to their customers nationwide by the end of the year.  Because of the looming November 28, 2005 deadline, Nuvio has requested the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to expedite the schedule in the hopes of reaching a decision prior the FCC Order taking effect.

“While we share the Commission’s passion about deploying 911 service, and we have worked diligently to provide our users with 911 access, the 120-day requirement imposed by the FCC is arbitrary and capricious and without support in the record,” commented Jason Talley, president and CEO of Nuvio.  “In fact, the record clearly shows that wireless companies have been given decades to implement this type of 911 service and are still far from completion”.

“With the filing of our motion for an expedited briefing schedule, we have advised the court that it is imperative that we have a decision by November 7, 2005.  Absent that, and with the lack of direction currently given by the FCC, we will have no choice but to start suspending some users.  Our users are primarily small to medium-sized businesses, and we have to be able to notify them in advance of any service interruption,” Talley stated.

TelCove Launches VoIP Service Across 70 Markets

August 15, 2005

This morning, TelCove, a Pittsburgh, PA facilities-based CLEC, announced the availability of a brand-new VoIP offering. TelCove's Network VoIP Service (TNVS) is available as of today across the entire TelCove network which encompasses over 70 markets, primarily on the East coast of the United States.

Applications include a suite of follow-me services, unified communications functionality, full integration for remote workers/road warriors, and multimedia collaboration apps such as Web conferencing and document sharing.

The new TelCove service is offered at two price points/service levels: Standard Enterprise VoIP Station service and Premium Enterprise VoIP Station service.

Another CLEC Turns To VoIP

August 12, 2005

VoIP Developer: Attendees Still Arriving!

August 4, 2005

VoIP Developer Keynote: Digium's Mark Spencer

August 4, 2005

According to Mark Spencer, President of Digium, “Digium is the smallest telecom company in the world that matters.”


As anyone knows, Mark Spencer is not only the president of Digium, he also created Asterisk. For those that may not know, Asterisk is an open source PBX. In Spencer’s words, Asterisk is an “open source, hybrid TDM and packet voice PBX and IVR platform with ACD functionality.”


VoIP Developer Keynote: Intel's Michael Stanford

August 4, 2005

The final day of the 2005 VoIP Developer conference began with keynotes from Michael Stanford, Director, VoIP Strategy, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel and Mark Spencer, President of Digium, which at first glanced may seem an unlikely pair to share a single stage. However beyond the first assumption, it’s clear that both speakers represent equally innovative companies, and that both play an increasingly critical role in future development of VoIP.


Michael Stanford’s presentation, Trends in VoIP Development, was a detailed look into the current and future events shaping our industry.

VoIP Developer Keynote: Avaya's Scott McKechnie

August 3, 2005

The second speaker this morning was Scott McKechnie, Avaya’s director of application enablement services in the converged systems division.


Scott opened with a positive message. “I’m very excited about application enablement. I see a renewed excitement from not only the development community but from our customers who are building their own applications.”


McKechnie spoke of the customer drivers for applications.

VoIP Developer Keynote: Aculab's Mike Donoghue

August 3, 2005

This morning’s keynotes began with a request from Mike Donoghue, Aculab’s vice president of sales (Americas business) for a moment of silence as a show of respect for recent world events.


Mike promptly put on his coach’s hat, and using sports – specifically elite-level track – as an analogy urged the assembled audience to “race to win.”


“We are in a race to be first,” said Donoghue.

VoIP Developer Rick Ringel Keynote

August 3, 2005

The closing remarks last night were delivered by Rick Ringel, distinguished engineer from the technology and product management communications group at Inter-Tel.


Rick began by making the observation that the user doesn’t care about signaling protocols or hardware platforms…users want specific features out of the new network that is being built.


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