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Phone Companies Get an FCC Spanking

August 28, 2006

A number of consumer advocacy groups and others have trying to encourage the FCC and government to put a stop to the consolidation of service providers that is taking place. They argue the old AT&T is being rebuilt and the telecom industry is heading in the wrong direction.

In response the FCC has publicly commented that there is more competition that ever from cable companies as well as wireless and satellite providers.

But the FCC’s comments about an abundance of competition seems to have been put to the test recently as Verizon has announced a new broadband surcharge. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, last weekend, Verizon began emailing its roughly six million high-speed Internet subscribers, informing them they would no longer be charged the Universal Service Fund fee -- which was $1.25 or $2.83 a month, depending on speed of service. But it went on to say that it was instituting a "supplier surcharge" of $1.20 or $2.70 a month beginning Aug. 26.

Many point to this new fee as evidence there is a lack of real broadband competition in the market and they further argue the timing of this increase – just as the FCC decided broadband subscribers no longer had to pay into the Universal Service Fund, is especially sneaky.

It is for this reason the FCC decided to send a “letter of inquiry” to Verizon in order to ascertain the reasoning behind the surcharge.







TMCnet Whitepapers

August 23, 2006

Our new TMCnet whitepapers are generating quite a bit of interest and I thought I would share this with my readers. There is some very good content in the library and I had a chance to read a few of them.

AT&T has done a great job with some of their whitepapers. Some of the ones worth reading are Voice over IP Security and Critical Steps for a Successful VoIP Deployment.

Another whitepaper gaining lots of traction is Nortel's Top 10 Questions to ask IMS vendors: What's important and what to watch out for.

TI has a few worth looking at as well -- Remote Management: Critical to a New Generation of Digital Service Providers & Next-Generation Residential Gateways: Flexibility and High-Performance will be Critical.

Whitepapers are just such a great way to learn about a topic -- sure they aren't as glossy as four-color magazines but every now and then you need a break from all that color. It sort of reminds me of Pleasantville without those excellent chocolate chip cookies.







Google WiFi

August 17, 2006

Few companies strike fear in the heart of Microsoft and the incumbent telephone companies like Google. Analysts and journalists seem to delight in asking the software leader and the companies comprising the new AT&T how they will fend off the threat from Google.

Google’s influence is felt throughout the world and the government of France is concerned that Google is responsible for slowly destroying French culture. In response to the threat from Google in fact there is a new French search engine.

Then there is the threat to eBay as Google hones its Froogle search engine, payment and e-commerce products. Newspapers have a love/hate relationship with Google News but mostly hate as they see Google news replacing their sites as primary news home pages.

It would seem, everywhere you look, Google is wreaking havoc with existing business models and causing boardroom chaos.

The newest chaos is being felt in the offices of cell phone operators around the world.







Sprint Interview

August 15, 2006

Here is the partially edited interview I had with Tony Krueck, VP of Product Development at Sprint. This was a great interview for me as I really learned a great deal about what Sprint is up to and how they are embracing IMS. It is along interview but it wasn't edited down because there is some great content in here.

An eagle-eyed reader noticed this interview took place before the recent Sprint WiMAX news. Here is a link to that news.


Rich Tehrani 's Executive Suite is a monthly feature in which leading executives in the VoIP and IP Communications industry discuss their company's latest developments with TMC president Rich Tehrani , as well as providing analysis on industry news and trends.

Eicon Networks Buys Intel Dialogic Division

August 9, 2006

As I have been writing about for a few months, the Dialogic Division of Intel has been sold. Eicon Networks is the buyer and I am looking forward to finding out more details and sharing them with you.

This is potentially good news for the entire communications space for the following reasons. This division of Intel had the massive resources of corporate behind them but the challenge was for such a large company to focus on so many things. There are obviously synergies that will be lost as a result of this division being sold but on the flipside if this newly freed division goes back to its super-aggressive Dialogic ways -- it could result in much more rapid growth for not only for them but the industry as a whole.

UTStarcom IPTV

August 3, 2006

A CNBC Morning

June 27, 2006

This morning on CNBC I woke up to talk about net neutrality and an analyst who said Google makes a good buy regardless of what happens with net neutrality. From net neutrality the program went on to Comcast customer service -- I think they might have been focusing on heavy machinery while I was in the shower -- it is tough to tell with the water running. Someone apparently videotaped a Comcast customer service representative sleeping on their couch while waiting an hour for the Comcast office to pick up the phone. This reminded me a of a Comcast customer service blog entry I made almost a year ago.

Catching up

June 21, 2006

With all my travel lately I have been neglecting my blogging. I figured I would get right back into the swing of things with some links to interesting articles.

You hear me discuss building communities all the time. Well Electronic Arts has decided to purchase Mythic a company devoted to massively multi-player games. The trend towards community building continues to grow across industries and boundaries.

In an effort to increase internet security levels, eBay (I am a shareholder btw) and others have begun to urge Congress for better privacy laws.



Nortel and Huawei

June 16, 2006

ReefPoint

June 16, 2006

Great news for the IP communications market. ReefPoint Systems a big player in IP communications security -- focusing on FMC, IMS and UMA. The company has received $21 million in VC funding from American Capital and will soon announce a new CEO, Woody Ritchey and COO, Dennis Chateauneuf.

Ritchey worked at Cisco, Motorola, Arraycomm and AT&T. Chateauneuf worked at Sentito Networks, DTI Networks/Coppercom, Shiva, Sun and Wang labs.

Their products sit at the border of the Internet and the FMC core and provide.



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