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Living in the Third World of Communications

March 8, 2007

If you haven’t heard, a court decided Vonage needs to pay Verizon $58 million in past damages for patent infringement in the following areas:  
  • Technology used to bridge Internet calls to the traditional phone system
  • Features such as call-waiting and voice-mail
  • Wireless Internet phone calls
  Now I know many people at Verizon and they are very smart, well rounded and seem nice enough. From an investment perspective they did a good thing by using patents as a competitive weapon against a small provider who has revolutionized the telecom industry and made telcos wake up and realize they need to compete.   The question worth posing however is how is the consumer benefiting from this lawsuit?   My concern is with the government and the various agencies who are supposed to be protecting me, my family and friends’ from monopolistic practices such as this.   When I learn about large companies using the legal and regulatory systems, to flush their competitors down the toilet I have to stop and remember what country I am living in.   I am a US citizen. I was born in the US and I am proud of it. I want consumers to have the best of everything.

Explosive Small Business Communications Growth

March 8, 2007

Please enjoy my April 2007 Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook. ----    You would have to be asleep to not realize how fast small business communications is growing. The reason? Small businesses didn’t have so many telecom choices a scant ten years ago. There was pretty much key systems and then some inexpensive PBXs came along thanks to AltiGen and other, similar players.   What is different now?

Browsegoods.com

March 8, 2007

I just found out about a service bridging AJAX/Web 2.0 and e-commerce. It is browsegoods.com and is similar to Google Maps for shopping. I played around with the service for a while and I looked at the watch section. At the forest view level you can see thousands of dots that become watches as you zoom in   You can select by style, type of watch or manufacturer name such as Tissot or Timex.

Voice Peering is Hot

March 8, 2007

At the Voice Peering Forum event here in sunny Miami Florida, the message is simple – voice peering is growing by leaps and bounds. Stealth Communications is the company who runs this event and attendees generally are people who have joined the Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) or who are thinking of joining.   Simply stated the VPF allows interconnection of voice calls and services. The founder of Stealth Communications is Shrihari Pandit and he kicked off the day’s meeting with his usual optimism which was backed up by staggering growth numbers.   For example the VPF carried 139 billion minutes last year and has seen 750% growth for the last three years.   In addition, Shrihari mentioned upgrades to the VPF such as the ability to utilize IPV6. Shrihari made a point to mention IPV6 is needed as the current addressing scheme IPv4 will run out of IP addresses in a few years.   In addition the VPF ENUM Registry will offer CNAM or Caller Name which will be a valuable service for CLECs or VoIP providers looking to match caller names with calls.

Dialogic Cruise

March 7, 2007

Musings for March 7, 2007

March 7, 2007

Now it has been a while since I was in the mood to muse as it were but when the muse mood strikes it is best to be by a keyboard so you can ponder the ramifications of world events.   In Turkey -- a world away from where I am today, it seems YouTube has been blocked because a video contained on the site is defamatory to the founder of modern Turkey. In the interest of keeping my loyal readers in the country I will refrain from mentioning his name in any fashion at all.   Unfortunately the court probably is not aware there is something new and interesting called the internet where the video can be downloaded from millions or even billions of other sites. Perhaps the thing to do is emulate neighboring Iran and just slow internet access so video is not even able to be seen.   It seems some countries are enamored to be thought of as third world countries by everyone else.   Again this gets us back to a blog entry I wrote back in December of last year titled YouTube as Political Barometer which discusses how we can gain valuable insight about a country depending on how they view YouTube.   If you made it this far you are probably in disbelief or laughing which brings us to the next topic of today’s musings – emotions. It seems technology has advanced to the point where you can now use your brain to play games with your emotions.

No Laptops on Planes

March 6, 2007

FCC on Rural VoIP

March 3, 2007

This morning I was scouring the TMC FCC news page and I came across an FCC ruling which is helpful to the VoIP market. The story was written by InfoWorld Daily. Don’t I have something better to do on a Saturday morning? Apparently not.

Attention Inventors

March 1, 2007


Thanks to many of the inventors and entrepreneurs out there I get exciting ideas to write about on a regular basis. Think about it… If there are no new ideas and products I would just wax poetic about my personal life– and believe me you don’t want that, you really don’t.

So when an opportunity comes along for me to help new entrepreneurs become successful and sort of give back to all of you nice people who invent things I can pontificate about – of course I am going to tell you about it.

Venture2 is sponsoring the Venture2 (seems redundant )Spring 2007 Inventor Search at The Launching Pad, an innovation incubator located in Delray Beach, FL. The contest is designed to find experienced and new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, who are looking to commercialize their products or concepts with leading consumer product companies.

Inventors must submit an application by the required date of March 9, 2007; accepted applications will be invited to present their product on Thursday, March 15, 2007 between 1pm – 8pm. The four (4) finalists during the competition on March 15, must be prepared to return to The Launching Pad for the final judging on Friday, March 16, 2007 from 10am – 1pm.

The Grand Prize Winner of the “Venture2 Spring 2007 Inventor Search” will receive recognition and publicity, as well as 60 days of support from Venture2 (at no cost) in refining the concept and presenting the idea to leading companies for potential license or launch.

Both the grand prize winner and 2 runners-up will receive recognition through Venture2’s website as well as publicity.

OK so no promises to become a gazillionaire through this contest but what the heck.












Training it Today

March 1, 2007

I have been in meetings all morning and am now training it into the city for a meeting. I am normally the first person to charge all my devices reliugiously but I somehow forgot to do so last night and am running short on --- gasp --- juice.   Which of course leads me to wonder why Metro North trains have no power outlets like their Amtrak cousins.   The funny thing is that as I finished the last sentence the New York bound train arrived and I entered it and noticed there was a plug across from me. Apparently some seats on the ends have them. This is great news for me as I get to write my little heart out all the way to the city and back.   As an aside I did a brief news report on Costco’s return policy as a video.
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