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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

Happy Holidays and Thanks!

December 15, 2006

I would like to take a moment and thank all my readers and wish you all a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. In addition I want to specifically thank you all for visiting TMCnet so frequently as we have once again hit one million unique visitors in the month on November according to WebTrends. This is the second time this year we have done so. (Apparently our October numbers are still being run -- long story. We may have hit this number in that month as well.)   Thank you for making TMCnet the largest community of communications and technology decision makers in the world.   A few things you should know about TMCnet going forward are the site will soon have a more streamlined look that is easier on the eyes.

Jon Shaprio: Larger Than Life

December 15, 2006

One comment I made in article a few months back has turned into a fun conversation in the industry. I called Jon Shapiro “Larger than Life.” Apparently this led to much ribbing of Jon and someone even designed a photo of Jon as larger than life. I have yet to see it but I promise to publish it if I get a hold of it.   So who is Jon? If you aren’t aware, he is the founder of Alliance Systems and throughout the explosion of PC-based telephony systems his company has been a dominant supplier of boards and industrial computer systems.

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

December 14, 2006

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so be sure to make your travel arrangements now as hotel prices will skyrocket soon. For many people there company foots the bill so this isn’t important. To us however, we would rather have you save some of that hard earned cash and spend it with one of the exhibitors at the show.

Verizon Shares Falling

December 14, 2006

Why are Verizon shares falling? Well it seems the massive costs of its FIOS initiative has investors wondering if the fiber to the home strategy makes the most sense or is AT&T’s cheaper plan to use copper in the last mile via its U-Verse initiative a better choice?.   A great concluding paragraph from a related article on TheStreet.com is worth sharing:   "People were OK with FiOS until they saw the cable companies were actually doing better, not worse," says one money manager with no Verizon positions. "Winning phone customers is always a lot easier for cable companies than winning TV customers is for phone companies."

My take on all this is AT&T is doing the right thing in the short term and Verizon is doing the right thing in the long run. What am I talking about?

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