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Broadband Tax: Why I Am For It

January 31, 2005

Many in the VoIP industry are sick and tired of having to deal with every state wanting to tax, regulate, and/or kill VoIP. It is ridiculous. Really. I have long advocated taxing all broadband connections and not discriminating between what applications run on such pipes.

Linksys WRT54GP2 and RT31P2

January 31, 2005

Linksys put out a press release for the London market touting new VoIP hardware. One of these devices is the WRT54GP2 which is a 802.11G router with 2 phone ports and the other is the RT31P2 which is a plain router with 2 phone ports. Without question, this is the exact sort of announcement that the VoIP market needs. I say this because having VoIP and WiFi used to mean having 2 devices which means 2 layers of NAT and 2 administrative interfaces.

VoIP Inc. Interview

January 30, 2005


VoIP Inc. is a conglomerate in VoIP. They are in retail, wholesale, wireless and business communications systems. If you really want insight into the future of VoIP, you would do well to get these insights from the CEO of such a company.


Democracy in VoIP

January 29, 2005

While I watch the historic election in Iraq I wonder to myself if we realize the same thing is happening in the communications world. VoIP providers are really providing democratic communications by bypassing the "monarchies" of incumbent phone companies throughout the world. Even with deregulation, if you didn't own the pipes you couldn't really get full access to customers. Sure, wireless networks allow ways around this limitation but many of these companies are still owned by incumbents.

Mesh Networks

January 29, 2005

Mesh networks make a great deal of sense to me. The ability to drop wireless nodes into any environment and set up a fully functioning network is something that seems so logical that  I can't imagine doing it any other way. Here is a release from a company that claims to have made a mesh networking breakthrough via the use of three radios.

Release:

USA Today Does VoIP

January 28, 2005

Government Grants

January 28, 2005

I just learned about this from Cybertelecom. May be of interest.

FEDERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FY 2005

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Federal Agency Name: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Title: Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP)

Announcement Type: Initial Announcement-Notice of Availability of Funds

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.550. Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

Program Authority: 47 U.S.C.

Is Telecom Growing or Shrinking?

January 28, 2005

You wonder sometimes if telecom is growing, shrinking or doing neither. Yesterday I wrote about subscriber growth at Vonage and Packet8. I felt great after writing about how two service providers unheard of a year ago are doing so well with record subscriber growth. Today is a different story.

Volo Chases Level 3

January 27, 2005

Volo Communications has been making quite a splash lately. Most recently they announced they are going after Level 3 customers. Volo is a lot smaller than Level 3. They can't afford to advertise on TV like Level 3 can.

3 Cent Voice Broadcast

January 27, 2005

I got to meet the people from Simple Telecom this past week at the Vonexus Connection Conference. Here is an interesting release from the company. The voice broacasting market seems like it is growing quickly or at least many companies are jumping into the space.

Release:

SimpleCast Blows Open Voice Broadcasting Market

Challenges competition with no minimums and three cent calls

Reno, NV – (January 28, 2005) – SimpleTelecom announced today the public availability of SimpleCast. SimpleCast delivers no-hassle, three cent voice broadcast calls to telemarketers, non-profits, political campaigns, and schools.

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