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Zippy Near NY Explosion

July 19, 2007

TMC’s own Richard Zippy Grigonis missed the New York explosion by a few hours. Thankfully he is OK. Here is what happened from his perspective:   I'm fine. I had an 12:30 p.m.

SunRocket Switch to Packet8

July 18, 2007

Yesterday I blogged about the SunRocket bankruptcy and I mentioned how although pure-play VoIP is not easy, a company like 8x8/Packet8 is doing a good job. Today I came across an article on TMCnet discussing how Packet8 is the preferred replacement service for SunRocket customers.   I queried the company’s VP of Marketing, Huw Rees about what this means and why customers should switch. Most importantly I asked whether a pure play VoIP provider can be successful. Huw has some good points which follow below.   ----   Packet8 is the preferred replacement service by SunRocket...

iPhone Meets Asterisk

July 18, 2007

SunRocket Bankrupt

July 17, 2007

I am not really so surprised by the SunRocket bankruptcy news. The company was an innovator and had some great ideas early on but for the last few years they were extremely quiet. There was little press outreach and there was a lot of management trouble.   Russell Shaw will tell you this is an example of how difficult it is to be a pure-play VoIP provider in a triple-play world. While the triple play competition is obviously part of the problem with SunRocket… It seems having a lack of consistent management or business planning is a much bigger problem.   Yes, it is a tough business but I think SunRocket just stopped trying many years back.

RNK Phone Number Bank

July 16, 2007

What Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, GrandCentral Founders did at GrandCentral is amazing. They came up with a great idea – one number for life. They started a company and sold it quite quickly to Google. The service is evolving even more rapidly now but while so many people marvel at how fast Google snapped up GrandCentral, one company thinks they have a better solution to the one number problem.   We can likely all agree the idea of having a single phone number makes a great deal of sense.

Cablevision Customer Service

July 15, 2007

I have been consistently impressed with Cablevision customer service. I am having a problem with my network and it is potentially complicated. From time to time the network experiences packet loss for a few minute period.   I have also noticed that my Belkin UPS is making clicking noises. I wonder if these problems are related.

Delicious TMCnet Stories

July 13, 2007

Here is a smattering of home made TMCnet stories, just like mom used to make. Mom’s cookies can’t compare to the brand new Tadiran trailer featured below or Cantata’s fax solutions. And you know, even if mom was the best cook around, try connecting her savory linguini to Microsoft OCS or Microsoft Office Live. Dialogic and RingCentral can do this and their products don’t even need to be refrigerated and reheated overnight!   Everyone loves great cooking. Especially the small business.

NetSuite on iPhone

July 12, 2007

700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

Digium Acquires Sokol & Associates

July 11, 2007

Digium just acquired Sokol & Associates the company behind the successful Asterisk training program and the Astricon trade show. This further reconfirms the idea of Digium being “everything Asterisk,” a concept espoused in a recent interview with the company’s news CEO Danny Windham.   “We’ve been such an active part of the Asterisk community for years that joining Digium seemed like the logical next step for our group,” said Steve Sokol. “We look forward to continuing to work with Asterisk users around the world and to taking our knowledge of how people are using Asterisk every day and using it to impact future product development.”   “Asterisk is one of the most commonly used open source projects today, and as the community of users and contributors grows, we want to deepen our relationship with them,” said Mark Spencer, founder and chief technology officer of Digium. “Sokol & Associates has run Asterisk training classes around the world and has long been a central part of this community.
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