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Sir Terry Matthews

January 3, 2007

Terry Matthews is a living legend in communications and I suppose the only person I will get to meet with a “Sir” in front of their name. For years many people have told me I must meet Terry and for one reason or another we just never connected. Over the years Terry has started 66 companies and only 3 have been unsuccessful meaning they were subsequently rolled back into other companies in the “Matthews family.”.   We often hear of serial entrepreneurs but what separates Terry from virtually all others is his staggering success rate. He not only starts companies at a rapid pace he starts companies that succeed.

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?

Bring a Map

December 29, 2006

I'd like to start this blog entry off by saying Happy New Year and wishing all my readers a tremendous 2007. I hope you are healthy and happy and that your family and all loved ones are as well. Having said that, I cover lots of topics on my blog and many times I focus on telecom and sometimes I get to cover weird stories that are hard to believe   Other times I tie a story into a trade show like the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) taking place in 24 days -- January 23-26 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.   Many times when I write about the show I like to have a hook.

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.

One Wilshire

December 28, 2006

Ensuring Net Neutrality   Net neutrality advocates are scared senseless that carriers will start charging companies like Google in order for the search giant and others to have access to service provider customers. These phone companies argue they have to charge Internet companies because the increased volume of traffic generated by such organizations requires service providers to upgrade their networks at a faster clip than they normally would. Many in the Internet community fear service providers could charge certain content providers for riding their networks and not others. Providers could effectively favor their own services and moreover act as censors of the Internet.   Service providers who are looking to charge companies like Google for riding on their networks may find they aren’t able to accomplish this goal as carrier hotels act as an alternate way for content providers to get to customers.   Now I don't mean to trivialize the situation as there are levels of complexity I won't touch on in this article.

Spirent Shake up

December 24, 2006

SIP Trunking Conference

December 21, 2006


Ingate received rave reviews from their SIP trunking session at the last ITEXPO in San iego. They are at it again and will hold a free conference titled  “The SIP Trunking Series: Everything you Need to Know” at ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida next month.   Companies who will be participating in the education so far are:   Ericsson, ObjectWorld, Pingtel, ShoreTel, Sphere, BandTel, CBeyond and Levl3.   Here are the details:   Wednesday, January 24 – Professional Development Day
  • Introduction to SIP Trunking and the Value Proposition
  • The Service Provider Network
  • Enterprise Infrastructure Architecture

    Thursday, January 25 – Solutions Tracks



  • SIP Trunking in Latin America
  • Case Study: Sterling Bank
  • SIP Trunking Solutions

    Friday, January 26 – Solutions Tracks



  • SIP Trunking Solutions

    Attend one or all three days of SIP Trunking seminars.
     
    WHERE:  
              
    Broward County Convention Center
    Internet Telephony Conference & Expo
    Room 114
                            
    For more information and a detailed schedule, visit www.ingate.com/SIP_Trunking_seminar.php

    Pre-registration required.

















Get more details on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.  

FCC on Cable Competition

December 20, 2006

Greg’s update on the FCC and cable competition is certainly worth a read. This FCC ruling is good news is for the phone companies as they will have a standard set of nationwide rules to adhere to instead of a hodgepodge of disparate ones.   AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Federal Relations, Bob Quinn, issued the following comments today:   “The FCC has wisely determined that the pace of video competition and broadband deployment should not be held hostage to the administration of a franchising process created for monopoly cable providers.   “We are heartened that the FCC, just as 9 states, has recognized that the existing local franchising process limits consumer choice and investments in broadband infrastructure. The FCC has taken steps towards streamlining the franchising process by establishing reasonable timeframes within which local franchising authorities administer their responsibilities

Ericsson Buys Redback Networks

December 20, 2006

Time Magazine and Net Neutrality

December 18, 2006

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