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SBC Shouldn't Buy AT&T?

January 31, 2005

It is obvious that telecom pricing is in a declining state. Credit VoIP and wireless carriers for this. Many analysts say consolidation is necessary in a market with declining pricing. Motley Fool has an interesting article about why the SBC/AT&T merger doesn't make sense.

AT&T, SBC Update

January 31, 2005

I had a chance to speak with Gary Morgenstern over at AT&T and I am told that during the conference calls I missed today there were some nice comments made by SBC management about CallVantage. Gary in no way implied the brand would stay or not but was just passing this along to me. There has been speculation that the AT&T brand might disappear and while it is too premature to dispel such rumors, receiving compliments on CallVantage in an SBC/AT&T conference call is a good sign. Personally I believe the CallVantage brand  is very strong and it would be a shame to see it go.

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.

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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.

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