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TMCnet Services

March 3, 2008

AT&T U-verse Improves

March 3, 2008



Today I was perusing a press release from AT&T touting the new HD channels they will be offering in Fairfield County, Connecticut as part of their U-verse offering. This release was of special interest since this county is where TMC headquarters are located.

What struck me in the release however is not the new HD channels which for the record are WPIX HD (CW-NYC), WTXX HD (CW-Hartford/New Haven), WNET HD (PBS), WWOR HD (My Network-NYC), and WCTX HD (My Network-Hartford/New Haven) but instead one paragraph of the release that would have seemed unheard of ten years ago.

Specifically:

AT&T is the only national provider to offer a 100 percent Internet Protocol-based television (IPTV) service, making AT&T U-verse TV one of the most advanced television offerings available anywhere. AT&T is deploying next-generation video services, including AT&T U-verse TV, as part of its mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.


It is this reference to 100% Internet protocol that got me because when the first issue of Internet Telephony Magazine was launched back in 1998, service providers  immediately shot down the whole concept of IP telephony and said it was bad... 








Building IMS Applications

March 1, 2008

Refurbished iPhones

March 1, 2008



What could be better than an iPhone in a slowing economy? how about a less expensive, "previously owned" iPhone which will cost $199 for 4GB and $249 for 8GB. The good news is these phones will be offered by AT&T who will likely back the refurbs up with a warranty.

In case you were thinking the whole world would convert to iPhones as soon as the price drops, this would be untrue.

And how do I know this?

last week I spoke at the Altigen Dealer conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and no one in the audience of over 150 had one one. Moreover, it seemed none of the audience members would ever switch as they said the platform was closed, not Microsoft compatible and apparently every member of the audience wouldn't switch from Verizon to any other network.

Wow.

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Vonage Spent $1.4 million on Lobbying

March 1, 2008

Tellme Just a Small Yahoo?

February 29, 2008

If you want to get an idea of what Yahoo! could possibly look like after a Microsoft acquisition, it may be useful to look at Tellme, a company Microsoft acquired last year. It is worth pointing out that Tellme was able to keep its corporate culture and DNA. Microsoft seemed to realize it was better to keep the company intact and while providing it with the resources it needs to grow.

I do remember my first visit to Tellme offices about seven years ago. I was surprised by the open warehouse style of the office, the desks and dogs in the office.

Today, I came across a great article comparing the Tellme acquisition with Yahoo and I thought it worth sharing.

Here is an excerpt:

Tellme's warehouse-like office located along some railroad tracks about six miles north of Yahoo's Sunnyvale headquarters looks pretty much like it did during a visit seven years ago.








David Yedwab Live on TMCnet

February 29, 2008

Google Gives Away Voicemail to Homeless

February 28, 2008

For those of you who were in telecom back in the day, you may recall that the Computer Telephony show in Los Angeles, CA had a press event where they got together with exhibitors to give away free voicemail to the homeless.

Even before CTEXPO did this, MFS Internet had the same idea.

Giving the homeless access to telephony services and free voicemail is great because it allows them to keep in touch with loved ones and also allows them the potential to communicate with prospective employers more easily.

Google will now also be giving away free voicemail to the homeless in San Francisco and although they aren't first, they will likely do it well.

Hats off to Google for doing this.







Did Comcast Hire People to Attend the FCC Forum?

February 28, 2008

There have been a  number of reports that Comcast filled the recent FCC Forum with its employees and people off the street who were paid. By doing so, many claim the company denied access to people who had legitimate concerns.

The company acknowledges it hired people to wait in line to hold spots for Comcast employees. It seems that some of these placeholders may have made it in the building as there are photos of some people sleeping through the debate.



Then again, these could just be very bored Comcast employees. Let's face it, an FCC meeting discussing the minutiae of net neutrality is not riveting content.





Senate Passes new 911 Bill

February 27, 2008

The Senate just passed the IP-Enabled Voice Communications and Public Safety Act of 2007 which amends the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 to impose on IP communications service providers engaged in interstate or foreign communication a requirement to provide 9-1-1 service, including enhanced 9-1-1 service, to its subscribers.

Furthermore, this bill requires the FCC to issue regulations granting these providers right of access to 9-1-1 components (read direct PSAP connectivity) that are necessary to provide 9-1-1 service, on the same rates, terms, and conditions that are provided to commercial mobile service providers. It further requires the providers to establish a point of contact for public safety and government officials relative to 9-1-1 service and access.

Finally it authorizes the FCC to delegate enforcement authority to state agencies or programs with emergency communications jurisdiction.

This is good news for IP communications market as providers will no longer be second class citizens when it comes to providing 911 service. Moreover, the stigma that VoIP providers are less secure than traditional carriers will in theory go away.

What needs to happen now is that pure VoIP providers need to provide bullet-proof service to their subscribers.







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