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Channels

January 4, 2007

One of the fastest growing areas of TMCnet is the channels program which are micro-communities of interest. These channels focus on so many topics I can’t list them all but a few of the more recent ones are here for your perusal. The span virtually every area of communications and they are to me the future of the internet. Why?

TMCnet Redesign

January 3, 2007

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million unique visitors. Our previous record was just over one million.   This is a number unheard of in the competitive space in which we play and we are proud of this fact.   So while our site is not only successful it continues to shine, we knew it also was a busy site.

The AT&T/BellSouth/FCC Soap Opera

January 2, 2007

The AT&T BellSouth merger has gained FCC approval after AT&T decided to make some concessions and many are hailing this as a win for net neutrality. Below are some of the recent articles – a massive amount for a telecom merger --  I found on TMCnet regarding this soap opera of a merger:     Most of the articles have a positive spin but at least one critic of this merger is Dave Burstein at DSL Prime who thinks AT&T's net neutrality concession has no meaning. Why?   According to Dave this seemingly innocuous later sentence -- following the 2-year net neutrality pledge -- effectively makes it almost meaningless.   “This commitment also does not apply to AT&T/BellSouth's Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service.” AT&T has always intended to give paying customers priority by routing them over the “IPTV” part of their network, with Alcatel routers and Microsoft software designed for QOS.   Basically AT&T says it won't favor one type of traffic on its network over another -- the essence of net neutrality, it then adds this statement that negates their concession.   Many fear service providers will favor some services over others and also restrict competition with pricing which makes it prohibitive to launch a new service that in any way competes with a service provider offering.   After all, would YouTube have stood a chance if they had the service providers stacking the deck against them from the beginning?

Net Neutrality Safe For Two Years

December 29, 2006

Yesterday I wrote about ensuring net neutrality and just to show you how fluid the telecom market is, today AT&T may have ensured net neutrality for all of us last night. Well at least for 24 months. The company made a number of concessions to the FCC in order to complete their merger with BellSouth. Some of the concessions have to do with freezing prices on enterprise broadband services and giving up wireless spectrum.

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

December 14, 2006

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so be sure to make your travel arrangements now as hotel prices will skyrocket soon. For many people there company foots the bill so this isn’t important. To us however, we would rather have you save some of that hard earned cash and spend it with one of the exhibitors at the show.

Google Bank

December 14, 2006

Is Google thinking of getting into the banking business? Well according to this Motley Fool article the company has done something novel with its stock options program allowing options granted after the IPO to be traded on the open market once they vest. This protects employees from a stock price meltdown and should in theory lead to happier workers. The program is not for Google executives by the way so we can’t assume this is a way for the top brass to sell stock early on bad news.

Yahoo!: Turning Peanut Butter into More than Peanuts

December 11, 2006

If you haven’t heard, Yahoo! is restructuring. There is something called a peanut butter manifesto that has been circulating for months saying the company is spread too thin. As you may recall, recently Yahoo!

Miami Airport on My Way back to the Cold

November 28, 2006

I am in the airport again on my way to the Midwest for an overnight trip. A news item that caught my eye today was about YouTube and Verizon Wireless working together to allow subscribers to watch videos from their mobile devices. There were rumors about this deal for a few weeks floating around the internet.   One wonders how much of the contract between Google (the parent company of YouTube) and Verizon centers around absolving Verizon of liability in case of lawsuits. Of course I am talking about copyright infringement.

Telx Sold

November 22, 2006

I had been hearing rumors of the sale of Telx for a while. Many I spoke with feared an incumbent provider would do the purchasing. As you may know Telx provides the physical location for much of the voice peering taking place in the US through their facilities in New York ad Atlanta. They own these facilities and with their association with the VPF, they have made it a no brainer for carriers and enterprises of all sizes to use their facilities as a location to peer with others.

Google Click-to-Call

November 16, 2006

After many months of testing Google has finally added click to call functionality to Google Maps.   Although this really isn't a new announcement the addition to Google Maps is pretty exciting as it continues VoIP's growth into new areas and business models. Certainly click to call has been around longer than Google has but the search leader by virtue of its dominance in the search market is able to do click to call on a scale on a larger scale than anyone else.   The way the service works is simple; you type in what you are looking for and the city and state. You could put in Pizza in Fairfield, CT and you could click on Frank Pepe Pizza for example. From there you enter your phone number in a box and you are connected automatically via VoIP.
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