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Unified Communications Murkiness

Everyone is talking about UC these days.  But what is it?  And why hasn’t everyone deployed it yet? First of all, UC...

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HPE Composable Infrastructure Turns Data Centers into a Mini-Google

Fans of search engine history likely know that Google benefited greatly due to the timing of its launch. Whereas Yahoo launched when...

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See a Top 10 Tech Speaker at IoT Evolution in July

The tech space is moving so incredibly quickly that you have to attend conferences, webinars and scour the news to be aware...

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SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???...Gateways...but not SBCs?

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since...

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Waiting on the Channel

Whether it is TPX CEO Richard Jalkut or other channel executives, providers are impatiently waiting on the channel to jump off...

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Solving the Data Analytics Skills Gap

Data analytics is doing absolutely amazing things for companies... Recently, Vodafone worked with a venture-backed company Celonis to improve efficiency. The results...

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Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we...

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Sesame Place

August 15, 2005

Sesame Place has to be considered a mini-Disneyworld and I don’t mean this as a negative. It is located in Pennsylvania and a few hours away from Fairfield County Connecticut. I unfortunately used the Cross Bronx Expressway and George Washington Bridge on the way there because I followed the GPS in my car. The ever-present delays on the Cross Bronx was the only bad thing about my trip to the park.

Once there – we went last week, not on a weekend and got to park across the street -- just 2 minutes away, I was blown away at all the things you could do.

Took Some Time Off Last Week

August 15, 2005

After the super-successful TMC VoIP Developer Conference last week I decided to take a few days off to be with the family. We decided not to go anywhere. The last time we took Priscilla on a plane trip it was not fun and now I’ve got two daughters as Nicole is only a few months old. Don’t get me wrong… It is great to get away with young kids, it is just the two days of packing before the trip and the days of travel and going through security with children are not fun.

California ISPs Annoyed

August 11, 2005

FCC Ruling on DSL Re-Monopolizes Phone Networks Says California ISPs
SACRAMENTO, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2005 -- The California ISP Association (CISPA), the largest state association of Internet service providers, reacted today to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's ruling today that high-speed DSL Internet lines should be classified as an "information service" instead of a telecommunications service. The ruling would allow large phone companies to close their DSL networks and exclude independent ISP's from the DSL market. The result is that most ISPs would be eliminated from the broadband market.

"The FCC's version of what it calls "deregulation" is simply just a re-monopolization of a network that has been publicly regulated and paid for by rate payers for more than 100 years.


Broadband Reality Check

August 11, 2005

There is a "state of the broadband industry report" report I just came across from the Free Press, Consumers Union and The Consumer Federation of America. The report blasts FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and takes excerpts from an op-ed piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal and other statements and says Martin's conclusion is either wildly optimistic or intentionally misleading.

Here are the statements/quotes in question:

he United States "leads the world in total number of broadband connections"

"broadband platforms are engaged in fierce competition."

He lauded the Supreme Court's recent Brand X decision and praised the results of the FCC study, proclaiming that "the dramatic growth in broadband services depicted in this report proves that we are well on our way to accomplishing the president's goal of universal, affordable access to broadband by 2007."






The report goes on to say:

The US lacks a broadband policy that will ensure inexpensive broadband access for all.

The standard measure of high-speed Internet used by the FCC is 200 kbps and is too low to carry low-quality video.

The FCC uses a misleading measure of broadband coverage. The Commission counts a ZIP code as covered by broadband service if it contains at least one broadband subscriber. No consideration is given to the price, speed or availability of connections across the ZIP code.

US broadband is expensive.












WiFi and Jail

August 10, 2005

VoIP Wiretaps

August 9, 2005

Here is a great article on VoIP wiretaps. Here are some excerpts:

According to a statement, the FCC stated that the order strikes a balance between fostering competition and innovation on one hand, and meeting the needs of law enforcement on the other.


"[I]t is critical to our nation's security that VoIP and broadband Internet access providers have CALEA obligations," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a prepared statement. "Although I believe that new technologies and services should operate free of economic regulation, I also believe that law enforcement agencies must have the ability to conduct lawful surveillance over these new technologies."

One commissioner, while pleased with addressing large-scale law enforcement concerns, believes that the FCC still needs to address other CALEA-related issues such as regarding enforcement and cost recovery.

"Because litigation is as inevitable as death and taxes, and because some might not read the statute to permit the extension of CALEA to the broadband Internet access and VoIP services at issue here, I have stated my concern that an approach like the one we adopt today is not without legal risk," Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy said in a prepared statement.




Andy on Canadian VoIP CALEA

August 9, 2005

Asterisk Scoop

August 9, 2005

That Tom Keating and his sources. He broke some big Asterisk news about the RedFone foneBRIDGEon his blog. Here is a teaser of what the blog entry is about:

Redfone Communications has a very interesting product coming to market - a solid state, virtual plug-and-play "appliance" used in conjunction with Asterisk which can be used instead of Digium or Sangoma cards. In addition, using the Redfone foneBRIDGE you can create a redundant deployment of Asterisk.

Streaming Media

August 9, 2005

Mike Ross Joins Esnatech

August 8, 2005

Industry legend Mike Ross is joining Esnatech. I have known Mike for years and also Mohammad Nezarati. I know they will make a great team and I look forward to seeing Esnatech grow more quickly in the years ahead.


Here is my last post about Mike Ross



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Esnatech Appoints Mike Ross as Chief Operating Officer
Company hires Aculab USA President to join executive leadership team


Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada, August 5, 2005 -- Esnatech, a leader in Unified Communications platforms, announced today that it has appointed Mr. Mike Ross as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective August 1, 2005. Mr. Ross brings to Esnatech more than 25 years of management and executive level experience in all facets of computer telephony.




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