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PSTN Death is Near

I vividly remember driving my car in 1999 – two years after the company where I am CEO, TMC decided to launch Internet Telephony Magazine and thinking VoIP was going to change the way communications works and eventually kill the...

Sprint Tries Desperately to Block AT&T, T-Mobile USA Merger

At a time when wireless broadband is becoming so important to US consumers and businesses, how can it make sense to have less choice in the market? Moreover, as carriers shift from all-you-can-eat pricing to a tiered system, isn't it...

FCC Reports Highlights 8x8 Business VoIP Success

While many technology decisions are made based upon what analysts or the media think, these sources can be flawed as they involve relationships – sometimes financial which could potentially skew how a specific company may be rated by the media...

Heading Back from CTIA Wireless 2011

I had a good week down in Orlando, FL at the CTIA show with many meetings. Some highlights included much debate about the AT&T acquisition on T-Mobile and the $3B break up fee associated with it. Then there were new...

Skype, FCC and Google News

Rich wearing the TMC hat(No, I couldn't find any St. Bernard pics)Apologies for not blogging in some time - I've been wearing my running TMC hat as CEO which means meetings, strategy sessions, mission statement updates, etc. TMC is growing...

Verizon Drives Stake Through Heart of Net Neutrality

Updated with modified quote from Hunter Newby January 28, 2011, 8:15 AM EST Updated again January 28, 2011, 4:37 PM EST for grammatical reasons -- My views have shifted on net neutrality over the years - to the point where...

If Super WiFi is A Dream, At Least I'm in Good Company

Updated Jan 27, 2011, 8:01 pm EST. It’s no secret that both Microsoft and Google are looking at white spaces and Super WiFi as an area of growth allowing inexpensive broadband wireless signals to be transmitted over long distances. But...

My Conversation With Chairman Kevin Martin Re: ITEXPO

As I got off the phone with former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin today after discussing his upcoming keynote, I couldn't help to feel great that ITEXPO will be one of the most exciting events of the year with respect to...

-50F With Wind Chill. Escape to ITEXPO in Miami

You know I would never stoop to reminding you about the weather to persuade you to attend what I believe to the be the best tech and telecom conference in the world - OK, maybe I would.So I was driving...

ITEXPO Hashtag is #ITEXPO, Receptions and More

Good evening readers,Just a note to let you know the hashtag for ITEXPO on Twitter will simply be #ITEXPO. You will see enhanced levels of twitter messaging at the show (Twitter stream at keynotes for example) allowing the ITEXPO and...

ITEXPO East 2011 Show Directory Available

The show directory/guide for ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami is now available as is the agenda at a glance or schedule summary. The one point you should be aware of is that former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was added after...

Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Keynote ITEXPO

I just got word from my team that Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will be giving a keynote at ITEXPO on Wednesday, Feb 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST at the Miami Beach Convention Center! This is huge news and...

Wireless Costs Plummeting Yet We Pay More

It’s funny really, we keep hearing how much lower wireless costs are but in reality carriers are devoting almost all of their resources to wireless upgrades and marketing because they are making a killing. And yes, as rates go down,...

Are Pay-TV Companies Suicidal?

I don’t mean to sound an alarm bell but run for the doors – if you are a cable company or telco, just what the heck are you thinking? Let me lay out the facts. Kodak is a shell of...

Skype, FCC, IBM and Tech News Before New Year's

While the week before Christmas and New Year’s is typically slow with regards to news, the huge blizzard which hit the northeast really started things off with a bang. A foot-and-a-half of snow hit the area around TMC headquarters in...

Net Neutrality: More Unintended Consequences

What if the FCC could force FedEx and UPS to charge the same rates for delivery regardless of how many days it takes to get a package delivered and/or the weight of a package? Stairway to Trouble A large tech...

Google Furthers Android Everywhere Strategy

Google's recent Phonetic Arts purchase shows the search leader is serious about seeing Android in virtually any and every device you can think of. Phonetic Arts makes software which makes TTS more natural, allowing humans to have a more fluid...

Support for Net Neutrality Wanes in Tech Community

I just came across an article worthy of passing along from the Technology Liberation Front, a group which is focused on helping to reduce the amount of regulation imposed on the Internet and technology. Aside from a typo or two...

Altering Language to Achieve Government Objectives

Language is obviously crucial to describing and understanding the world around us but did you know the particular language you speak can influence how you see the world as compared to speakers of other languages? This weekend I had a...

AT&T Churn Rate Insanely Low

Gary Kim does a great job explaining in an articlethat Customers will put up with a a lot of imperfection in service quality as evidenced by the 1% churn rate of AT&T versus the industry average of 3%. One wonders...

The Need for Wireless Broadband Speed on Amtrak

Having been an early adopter of 2G, 1X, EVDO, 3G, etc I can tell you the speed of wireless access on the train between Washington DC and New York and back seems worse than at any point in recent memory....

FCC Exceptionalism and Supremacy?

A guest post worth reading from Scott Cleland, Founder & President, Precursor, LLC: Read it on Precursorblog.com Often stepping back to gain perspective, and to try and see the forest for the trees can be highly instructive. However, if one...

Legal News from TMCnet

 Please be sure to check out the new TMCnet legal news site whose goal is to provide you with timely news and analysis pertaining to the legal world. Our official press release on the new area explains how legal news...

TV Disruption to Happen More Slowly Than You Think

If you have any interest in understanding how the internet will or will not disrupt television broadcasting you must read this article from Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. Bill explains in well-thought out detail that affiliate fees will block disruption for...

iPads Banned in Israel

iPad buyers beware - that shiny new gadget that made the flight so enjoyable will really upset you when you land in Israel and it is taken away. You will get it back when you leave but you will have...
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