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Tom Ridge

December 23, 2005

I got a chance to speak with Governor Tom Ridge yesterday regarding his upcoming keynote at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO). In case you aren't aware he is currently sitting on the board of Vonage and he says he is working hard. He is on the boards of a number of companies and is doing a lot of consulting.

During the conversation, the Governor (a title you keep for life) was energetic and charming. I got the feeling he is very happy.

At ITEXPO he will discuss terrorism and security and how communities deal with disaster situations.



Reserve Your Room At ITEXPO

December 21, 2005

Tom Ridge to Speak at ITEXPO

December 21, 2005

I am looking forward to hearing Tom Ridge’s comments at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo this month in Ft. Lauderdale Florida (January 24–27). Secretary Ridge will present his thoughts on a number of issues ranging from security to how we can effectively improve the state of 9-1-1 service in this country. The event will also feature an E-911/Regulation Summit, which is a must-attend for anyone interested in learning more about the pertinent regulatory issues facing VoIP companies today.

Some of the session titles that will be featured in Ft. Lauderdale include:

· VoIP’s Role in Military & First-Responder Communications;
· VoIP Regulatory Update; and
· E-911 Technical Session

These sessions will serve as an update on VoIP regulatory and compliance issues. Attendees can get up to speed on the latest situation regarding the support of CALEA, E-911, and taxation issues.







The E-911 Opportunity

December 20, 2005

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.

In our company’s insider parlance, an opportunity is often a euphemism for a “problem.” This makes for some interesting turns of phrase when things go wrong and my colleagues approach me with, for example, a three-alarm opportunity. And yet sometimes an opportunity is just that: a chance to do some good, and maybe make some money while you’re at it. I recently spent some time with companies in Colorado, the heartland of this country’s 911 technology.

VoIP Predictions 2006

December 20, 2005

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.

Here are some predictions for the future of VoIP:

Two Tiered Internet The FCC will continue to make life difficult for VoIP providers. In addition they will side with the LECs on a two-tiered Internet system meaning LECs will be able to block competitive content. For this, the Federal government will come down hard on Kevin Martin and in so doing reduce his ability to get anything accomplished in the FCC.

TV Wars
Cable companies and LECs will have brutal wars with one another about what rules the ILECs must follow to provide TV in areas where cable companies are dominant.


Top VoIP Investments/Trends

December 20, 2005

Reprinted from the January 2006 issue of Internet Telephony Magazine.


Last year in response to many requests I started a Top 10 investments list in which I outlined some of the best investments for 2005. Here is an update on last year’s list as well as some new additions. As a bonus I have added some top trends.

Peer to Peer
I led with P2P last year and lo and behold, two out of the three companies mentioned, Nimcat Networks and Skype were purchased for $46 million and over $2 billion respectively. P2P is still a super-hot market.



Iwatsu at ITEXPO

December 20, 2005

As the holidays approach us one cannot stop to think about how exciting the year is going to be in the VoIP space next year. I expect another record-setting year for the VoIP market. For example the number of announcements of new products and services expected at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo is staggering… Perhaps the most I have ever seen.

Here is one that was just sent to me:

Iwatsu Voice Networks to Feature Enterprise 2.0 Communications Server and New Platinum Series Terminals at Upcoming INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) Conference & EXPO East 2006 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/20/2005 -- Iwatsu Voice Networks (IVN) today announced they will have the latest version of their Enterprise Communications Server and new Platinum Series terminals on display at the TMC™ INTERNET TELEPHONY® Conference & EXPO East 2006. The conference will be held January 24-27, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.





Ron Insana

December 20, 2005

I just had a chance to speak with Ron Insana today and am very impressed with him. He really knows his stuff. If you aren’t aware, Mr. Insana is an anchor for CNBC and is one of the most well-known names in the investment/financial community.

Ron will be speaking at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo next month in Ft. Lauderdale Florida and we are delighted to have him be part of what promises to be the best ITEXPO ever produced. The attendees are coming in rapidly and we just can’t wait for the show and personally I just can’t wait to get out of the cold and thaw for a few days.

I am not a fan of winter so the ability to get out of the cold for a few days while learning from industry luminaries and at the same time talking with people deploying VoIP from all over the world is a chance I relish.



Sun Sentinel ITEXPO Press

December 19, 2005

Here is some nice press for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. I for one just cannot wait to get out of the cold New England weather for the first VoIP show of the year at ITEXPO next month. In case you aren't aware the show is now in the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center. This is a pretty big center and the show continues to grow nicely.

We are especially proud of our keynoters... All of them.

Colorado is Freezing

December 7, 2005

OK, I seem to have chosen the coldest time of the year to come to Colorado. I have been here for a few days. When I arrived there were hurricane force winds of up to 95 miles per hour. A number of tractor trailers were flipped, I saw an SUV flip and I hear a bunch of small planes were flipped on their back.

The next day saw continual snow for at least 30 hours.

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