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SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 7)

February 3, 2005

Barbara A. Grothe is the owner of Telecom Resources in Indianapolis, IN. Here are her thoughts on the SBC/AT&T deal:


Who would have dreamed up that in 1984 when AT&T settled a Justice Department lawsuit by agreeing to spin off the Regional Bell companies, i.e.

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 6)

February 3, 2005

I received a few more comments on the AT&T/SBC situation.

Robert Lee Harris is president of Communications Advantage, Inc., a telecommunications consulting firm. He specializes in strategic technology acquisition and implementation. He is a member of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants and here's what he had to say:

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 5)

February 2, 2005

Matthew P. McCormick is President of Technology Decisions, Inc., a Chicago-based global technical consulting firm specializing in: Telecommunications, Information Technology, and Business Strategy with respect to technological investment. Areas of practice include VoIP, Wireless Communications, and Computer Networking.

I particularly like the company's tagline: It's not that bad. We can help.

Good stuff.

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 4)

February 2, 2005

Martha Buyer is currently Principal, Law Offices of Martha Buyer as well as an officer (vice president) of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants.

She has written numerous articles addressing a variety of legal and regulatory issues affecting telecommunications professionals and decision makers industry wide. Topics included cable, wireless, common carrier and copyright issues, among others. Here is her take on the SBC/AT&T acquisition:

With the added market force of VoIP looking traditional voice providers straight in the eye, the writing is on the wall for those traditional long distance providers.

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 3)

February 2, 2005

Richard Kuehn is president of RAK Associates, a telecom consulting firm in Cleveland, OH, and is also a founder of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants.

Here is his take on the SBC/AT&T situation.

Someday we will have one big monopoly telephone company!! This is certainly a benefit to SBC in two ways.

Report Finds 900% Cable VoIP Subscriber Growth

February 1, 2005

Infonetics, an international market research and consulting firm covering the data networking and telecommunications industries, is set to release a research report tomorrow covering the cable VoIP market.

According to the report, Cable VoIP Equipment Market Outlook, the number of cable VoIP subscribers in North America jumped 900% between 2003 and 2004, from less than 50,000 to close to half a million, while cable broadband subscribers grew 26%, from 17.7 million to 22.4 million.

The latest Infonetics report posits that North American cable companies increased their investments in VoIP equipment to keep up with surging subscriber growth, nearly doubling their spending between 2003 and 2004, from $63 million to $123 million. The company’s forecasts indicate continuing strong growth.

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 2)

February 1, 2005

William A. Morgan is Managing Partner, W and J PARTNERSHIP.

Here are his thoughts on the SBC acquisition of AT&T.

The acquisition of AT&T by SBC means:
(1) SBC now has the means to compete at will, using today's technologies and minimal additional capital, in all ILEC territories, especially such as those of Verizon, BellSouth, and Qwest. If SBC were to choose to use IP Converged Networking with the AT&T backbone, many competitors' top accounts and areas would be instantly vulnerable.

SBC/AT&T Expert Commentary (Part 1)

February 1, 2005

In my never-ending quest to keep my readers informed on the important issues of the day, I have issued a call for commentary in the hopes of adding some much-needed flavor to the SBC/AT&T hullabaloo.

David Grill is Principal over at Telecom Management Services, LLC
Montclair, NJ, and is also Senior Vice President at the Society of Telecommunications Consultants.

Here's what he had to say:

Stanley Kubrick got it wrong. The technology in '2001, A Space Odyssey' still looks current, but the corporate icons in the film are toast.

Level 3 Submits VoIP Intercarrier Compensation Model To FCC

February 1, 2005

I just received this release from Level 3 , regarding their having submitted a financial modeling program to the FCC showing the likely impact of VoIP on ILEC access revenues.

The release follows:

Level 3 Submits VoIP Intercarrier Compensation Model To FCC

Findings Indicate Voice over IP Is Not a Significant Threat To ILEC Access Revenues Over Next Two Years

BROOMFIELD, Colo., February 1, 2005 -- Level 3 Communications, LLC today announced that it has submitted a financial modeling program to the Federal Communications Commission that demonstrates the likely economic impacts of Voice over IP on access charge revenues collected by local phone companies. The submission was made in support of Level 3's December 2003 forbearance petition on Voice over IP, which is pending before the Commission.

The model, using industry-based assumptions, indicates that the growth of VoIP traffic will not have a significant impact on access charge revenues collected by non-rural local carriers over the next two years.

Comment on My Recent Blog: Public Policy Group Rings In On SBC/AT&T

February 1, 2005

I received a comment on my post yesterday regarding the Competitive Enterprise Institue and their position vis a vis the SBC/AT&T situation. My goal was not to promote any particular agenda or groups. I was just sharing something I found interesting. I'm a sharer.

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