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WSJ Poll: Powell a Failure

January 23, 2005

I think this is the harshest press Michael Powell has received and it comes via a Wall Street Journal poll that as of January 23, 2005 at 11:00 PM EST shows most people who took the poll gave him an F on an A-F scale. The grades are as follows:

A    18%

B    14%

VoIP Growth Areas

January 23, 2005

The demographics of VoIP adoption is something I have been giving great thought to as of late. This past Friday was the early-bird cutoff date for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and it was the biggest single day of registrations in the last 4 years of this event. I looked at the database this weekend and in the registrations from the past few days and noticed attendees from The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the UK and from every state. Aside from many enterprise customers, I was blown away to see a massive increase in the reseller audience, a larger government showing and as expected an absolutely huge number of service providers -- both Tier One and lots of CLECs and VoIP service providers, cable companies, etc.

Nuvio on FCC

January 23, 2005

I wanted to get some outside perspective on the FCC and Powell stepping down. I noticed Greg Galitzine had a bunch of interviews about Powell and they make for interesting reading. So I also decided to join the party. I asked Jason Talley, President and CEO of Nuvio Corporation, a VoIP service provider for his opinions about the industry and Michael Powell stepping down.

Inter-Tel Buys Lake Communications

January 22, 2005

Lead Generation Specialist

January 22, 2005

I found a new title in my travels. The Lead Generation Manager or Specialist. I had never ever seen this title before in all my travels and interaction with companies. So it is interesting to see numerous companies coming to the conclusion that they need a new class of person to help generate new sales.

Nor'easter Musings and Vonexus Connection

January 22, 2005

Connecticut is being slammed by a snow storm otherwise known as a nor'easter as I write this entry. In case you aren't familiar with the term, here is a definition from the weather channel:

A cyclonic storm occurring off the east coast of North America. These winter weather events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage.

Powell and FCC Summary

January 21, 2005

LA Times on FCC

January 21, 2005

LA Times article on Powell resigning. Not too VoIP focused but interesting nonetheless.


WASHINGTON — Michael K. Powell, the controversial head of the Federal Communications Commission who championed speedier Internet connections, tougher enforcement of broadcast indecency rules and greater consumer protection from telemarketers, announced today that he is leaving the agency in March.

Powell, a 41-year-old former Army officer and antitrust lawyer who was appointed chairman in 2001 by President Bush, sent a letter to Bush today indicating his intentions to leave.

Powell Resigns

January 21, 2005

I just read a CNET article about Powell resigning. Sometimes I wonder if I am alone in the world when it comes to viewing true telecom competition. Although Powell was a great public champion of VoIP and fought the states when they tried to regulate and tax this burgeoning industry, the FCC has slowly rolled back the Telecom Deregulation act of 1996. True broadband competition doesn't really exists in this country and worse there were more broadband providers four years ago than today.

Powell Steps Down?

January 21, 2005

Here is a WSJ article on this matter. Whether Michael Powell was good for the VoIP market or not is a question we will debate forever but what we know for sure is that a  duopoly of cable companies and and ILECs remains as he steps down meaning the FCC is a VoIP champion but has instituted policies where ILECS, the companies that pretty much crippled or killed competitive DSL offerings and the CLEC market are now in the position to do the same with VoIP providers.

Michael Powell Steps Down

One thing is for sure, Powell was  a public champion of VoIP and for this reason I am sad to see him go. Still, even though consumer prices for telephone services are plummeting, little credit for this accomplishment can go to government policies that helped wipe out billions of dollars of competitive telecom investments.

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