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ITEXPO Anaheim 2015 Video Interviews Part 1

Thanks to all of you who came out to ITEXPO... The event kicked off well and we are looking forward to the...

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OpenWorld and NFV

I will be speaking at Oracle OpenWorld on October 26 on the topic of NFV.  Oracle wants the panel to be about...

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The Cable Triumverate

At a master agency, Microcorp One-on-One, the Cable 3 Sisters gave a presentation together. They have been sharing booth space for...

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GENBAND's KandyMobile comes to NYC

GENBAND's Kandy communications Platform-as-a-Service solution recently celebrated its one-year anniversary by bringing its KandyMobile vehicle to popular nightclub, LIGHTBOX in New York...

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Will You Be in Anaheim Next Week?

Sunday I make a stop in Atlanta for a few hours for Microcorp's One on One annual event.Then I jet to...

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Location-Based Accuracy

I’ve written about e911 before, most recently in July where the concept revolved around the role of media servers with e911 and...

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Where Do Telcos Go From Here: IoT WebRTC SIP DID NFV

I started my research today watching videos and reading blogs about the biggest worries of telecoms and thinking back on 1000s of...

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Videophone For $99

April 14, 2005

Perhaps the biggest news in the VoIP space, ever is this announcement. I have been saying for a while that these devices need to be under $100 for consumer adoption. 8x8 did a very smart thing with this announcement:



SANTA CLARA, Calif.  – April 14, 2005 -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT), provider of  Packet8 broadband voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications services, announced it has reduced the price of the Packet8 Broadband Consumer VideoPhone from $250 (after rebate) to $99 and decreased the monthly service fee from $29.95 to $19.95, effective immediately.

Available direct to consumers at, the newly-priced Packet8 VideoPhone is being sold with a two year service plan which includes unlimited voice and video calls worldwide to another Packet8 Videophone as well as unlimited local and long distance voice-only calls to any phone number in the U.S.

TMC Labs ITMAG Innovation Award

April 14, 2005

Average VoIP URL Day

April 14, 2005

60 is about what I am seeing for VoIP URLs during the week. What caught my eye this week were the following:

The 911 names above are registered to:

Gaines Enterprises

6691 South Marion Street
Littleton, Colorado 80121
United States

The tucows registrations are hidden but I assume they aren’t being registered by tucows, the popular shareware download site.

Here are the rest:

VoIP 911

April 14, 2005

Here is a great post from Tim Denton on how we can solved the VoIP 911 problem. Excerpt:

Today, when you purchase a local telephone service from an incumbent local exchange carrier (i.e. ILECs, e.g. Bell Canada, TELUS, Verizon, SBC, etc.) emergency telephony comes with it.


April 13, 2005

From Marketwatch:

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the creation of a new coalition to push for a re-write of the nation's telecommunications laws.

The group, called TeleCONSENSUS - includes roughly 60 companies, local Chambers of Commerce and trade associations.

The group also includes three Baby Bells - Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), SBC Communications Inc. (SBC) and BellSouth Corp (BLS) - as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and Time Warner Inc. (TWX).

"The Telecom Act is almost 10 years old, which is an eternity in the high-tech world," said Thomas Donohue, chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at the launch of the new trade group, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, said he will "start with a clean sheet of paper" on telecom reform and hopes to have legislation through the House in the spring or summer and then "see if we can't come together" with the Senate.

Reform backers say the 1996 Act, which didn't even mention the Internet, is woefully outdated at a time when new technologies like Internet telephony, known as VOIP, and video over broadband are breaking down the walls that once separated different types of telecommunications services.

The Chamber estimates that reforming telecom laws would add 212,000 jobs over a five-year period and lead to $58 billion in new investment.

Donohue said the Chamber is prepared to commit between $100,000 and $500,000 annually on telecom reform advocacy.

Asked about reform prospects, Donohue said he doesn't expect it this year but hopes telecom legislation can be enacted during the current two-year Congressional session.

Senator Ford On My Blog

April 13, 2005

I just came across this post on my blog about Indiana telco regulations from The Honorable David Ford, Indiana State Senator of District 19. You have to scroll down to see the comments. I am not sure how I missed this before and am extremely humbled to have my blog be a forum for this crucial dialogue between the government and the people.

I have to admit that after the Warren Buffet letter to TMCnet, this may be the most important thing that has happened to our site. Oh yes, there was the time when Al Gore keynoted one of our events and we were told he was monitoring our site from time to time.

I wonder if George Bush ever gets a chance to check out TMCnet. Does Air Force one have VoIP?

Death Of The Exit Strategy

April 13, 2005

Recently two service provider execs had conversations with me where they told me they hate the mentality of today’s VoIP market. Everyone it seems is talking “exit strategy.” Now I am sure everyone wants to be the next company Cisco picks up but what concerns service provider executives is -- how do you run a company if your goal is to be retired on a beach in Hawaii in the next few months.

After all, is an exit strategy what you should be aiming for? What about a customer acquisition strategy? A profit generating strategy or even better, a success strategy?

SuperComm Party

April 13, 2005

Last year we were invited at the last moment to host a party at Supercomm with the IPCC. We sponsored a cruise for over 100 people and it was one of the best events I was ever part of. I even bought a tux for the occasion (you know you can rent them now?

After the cruise was over, someone at he IPCC suggested we have the party again the next year in the Hancock Building. Not being from Chicago I somehow decided he meant Sears Tower.

Long story short, I reserved the most amazing room in the Sears Tower and we are hosting a party this year on Tuesday, June 7th 5:30-8:00 PM (right after the show ends)

The party is for SuperComm Exhibitors and service providers as well as friends and associates of TMC (you know who you are :-) and of course that stray relative or two of mine that happens to be in the area.

There will be music, food, amazing views, a photographer and some of the Chicago Luvabulls in attendance.

Here are the details.

SuperComm Speaking

April 12, 2005

June seems like it is so far away but it really isn't. I can't believe it it's so close. I am really happy that Supercomm invited me back to speak at their event. I had great fun speaking last year and am sure the audience participation will be just as good this year as last.

Skype Site On Fire

April 12, 2005

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