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Get a Free iPod Nano

November 29, 2005

I stopped in the Apple store yesterday and was amazed at how many iPod Nanos they are selling. For the record I was in the Westchester Mall located in White Plains, New York and was tasked with buying a nano as a gift. I stood in line of ten people who almost all purchased Nanos. The devices were stacked neatly under the counter at the checkout of the store.

I reached the counter and said I wanted a Nano. The cashier asked 2 gig or 4 gig.

FCC to Cable: Offer Individual Channels

November 29, 2005

The big FCC news today is a Wall Street Journal story reporting that the commission will soon suggest that cable companies offer their channels individually. A recent FCC report says that consumers could save money if they have the ability to choose which channels they want. The FCC is also pushing for themed tiers of channels allowing a customer for example to opt for a family-friendly tier.

Of course the FCC is not able to impose its will on the cable industry but such suggestions could embolden politicians to follow up on these recommendations with laws.

The cable industry argues that if many viewers were to drop channels aimed for example at children, the cost for these channels would have to rise for other consumers. Furthermore it may be possible that less money is available for the programming of such channels.

The problem here is that the channels with less interest are being subsidized by others that people want.





CableLabs VoIP Peering RFI

November 22, 2005

I expect the entire cable industry to adopt VoIP peering soon. Take a look at this VoIP Peering RFI from CableLabs. I imagine that I could be right on with my prediction of 2006 being the year of VoIP peering. Still, I want to be a bit cautious as I am still waiting for the year of videoconferencing to finally arrive.

Getting back to VoIP peering, it is exciting to see the major players in the market like cable companies getting into the game. I am equally excited about the world’s next VoIP Peering Summit happening in conjunction with Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, January 24-27, 2006.

Broadband-in-Gas

November 8, 2005

A lawyer friend of mine detailed a court case he was involved in years ago involving ownership of gas lines criss-crossing the country. He explained how complicated the gas infrastructure of the country is and told me charts of these gas lines would make your eyes blur.

Now it seems these pipelines can be used to transmit and receive broadband via intra-wideband technology. A new technology called Broadband-in-Gas or BiG could become the savior of telecom competition in the US and elsewhere.

A research company called West Technology Research Solutions has a report on this market and if you would like more information, please contact them directly:

For more information, contact:

Contact: Karin Hall
Company: West Technology Research Solutions
Title: Senior Analyst
Phone: 650-940-1196










Grokster And RIAA

November 8, 2005

I have always thought the amazing thing about p2p networks is the inability for them to be shut down as users connect with each other without the need for a centralized host. This week Grokster, the parent corporation who makes the p2p software was forced to shut down and while the company is in talks to sell their assets to a legal file sharing service to launch soon, they can’t stop users from continuing to use the service.

What they can do however is display a message to new users encouraging them to upgrade to a new version that may allow a few listens to a song before you have to pay.

The reason for the shut down of course is the Supreme Court ruling which also says the company has to pay $50 million to the Recording Industry of America.

People will still share files illegally of course by perhaps over time people will be encouraged to listen to music legally. For VoIP providers looking for alternative ways to generate revenue, streaming music and subsequently video are two such methods they employ. Teltel for example has a radio player built into their p2p SIP client.

Perhaps more people will listen to music via their VoIP software now that other p2p networks will have less of an incentive to launch new software and networks for illegal file sharing.

Either way, I expect Apple’s iTunes to benefit from this incident.

More:











AP: Grokster Downloading Service Shuts Down

WSJ: For Grokster, It's the Day the Music Died (paid registration required).

Aswath on SBC

November 7, 2005

Here are Aswath’s comments on the whole SBC/Ed Whitacre debacle. If you understand cricket you will enjoy this post immensely. If not you may learn a thing or two about cricket.

It is my sincere hope that regulators are reading what the bloggers are saying about Whitacre’s comments. Still SBC has to make money in this brave new world and I can understand the frustration in watching competition poaching your customers on lines you supply.

I hope Mr. Whitacre reads this post and also looks at today’s earlier post on ringback tones.



Free iPod nano

November 2, 2005

My favorite iPod at the moment is the nano. I just think the form factor is amazing. I don't have one yet. I am too busy blogging and enjoying putting on conferences to get one.

Tom Ridge & Ron Insana at ITEXPO in Florida

November 1, 2005

After the tremendous success of ITEXPO this past week, TMC is on a roll and VoIP 2.0 has definitely started to arrive. Of course I don’t think we are 100% there yet but we are at the start. I am just beginning to see the applications that will make companies jump to deploy VoIP not because of cost-savings but because the applications are so compelling.

Yesterday I wrote about Citrix and their new technology that will enable the next generation of VoIP 2.0 applications to be enabled. Of course Citrix is just one company striving to help the world get to VoIP 2.0 – there are countless others.

The industry’s leap from 1.0 to 2.0 is essential as we need to ensure that everyone understands that the power VoIP extends way beyond saving a buck on long-distance.



Earthlink on VoIP

November 1, 2005

I just saw Earthlink’s statement about applauding the FCC’s decision to require SBC/Verizon to offer stand-alone or naked DSL service. The statement is entitled “Victory For VoIP.” The full statement is as follows:

"We applaud today's Federal Communications Commission decision that requires SBC and Verizon to offer Stand-Alone DSL as a condition for their separate merger approvals.  As a result of this decision, more than 80 million consumers will now be able to take advantage of emerging Internet voice and data applications without also having to buy legacy wire-line local telephone service from their phone company.

Calysto on ITEXPO

October 30, 2005

Calysto Communications and Public Relations is a PR company that has perhaps the most customers in the VoIP space and they have a great team of PR people. Their clients are certainly almost all on the telecom "A" list. Since they attend a lot of shows it is worth listening to what they say when they evaluate one show or another. This is what they had to say about last week's Internet Telephony show in Los Angeles.

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