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The AT&T/BellSouth/FCC Soap Opera

January 2, 2007

The AT&T BellSouth merger has gained FCC approval after AT&T decided to make some concessions and many are hailing this as a win for net neutrality. Below are some of the recent articles – a massive amount for a telecom merger --  I found on TMCnet regarding this soap opera of a merger:     Most of the articles have a positive spin but at least one critic of this merger is Dave Burstein at DSL Prime who thinks AT&T's net neutrality concession has no meaning. Why?   According to Dave this seemingly innocuous later sentence -- following the 2-year net neutrality pledge -- effectively makes it almost meaningless.   “This commitment also does not apply to AT&T/BellSouth's Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service.” AT&T has always intended to give paying customers priority by routing them over the “IPTV” part of their network, with Alcatel routers and Microsoft software designed for QOS.   Basically AT&T says it won't favor one type of traffic on its network over another -- the essence of net neutrality, it then adds this statement that negates their concession.   Many fear service providers will favor some services over others and also restrict competition with pricing which makes it prohibitive to launch a new service that in any way competes with a service provider offering.   After all, would YouTube have stood a chance if they had the service providers stacking the deck against them from the beginning?

Bring a Map

December 29, 2006

I'd like to start this blog entry off by saying Happy New Year and wishing all my readers a tremendous 2007. I hope you are healthy and happy and that your family and all loved ones are as well. Having said that, I cover lots of topics on my blog and many times I focus on telecom and sometimes I get to cover weird stories that are hard to believe   Other times I tie a story into a trade show like the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) taking place in 24 days -- January 23-26 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.   Many times when I write about the show I like to have a hook.

Net Neutrality Safe For Two Years

December 29, 2006

Yesterday I wrote about ensuring net neutrality and just to show you how fluid the telecom market is, today AT&T may have ensured net neutrality for all of us last night. Well at least for 24 months. The company made a number of concessions to the FCC in order to complete their merger with BellSouth. Some of the concessions have to do with freezing prices on enterprise broadband services and giving up wireless spectrum.

Spirent Shake up

December 24, 2006

SIP Trunking Conference

December 21, 2006


Ingate received rave reviews from their SIP trunking session at the last ITEXPO in San iego. They are at it again and will hold a free conference titled  “The SIP Trunking Series: Everything you Need to Know” at ITEXPO in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida next month.   Companies who will be participating in the education so far are:   Ericsson, ObjectWorld, Pingtel, ShoreTel, Sphere, BandTel, CBeyond and Levl3.   Here are the details:   Wednesday, January 24 – Professional Development Day
  • Introduction to SIP Trunking and the Value Proposition
  • The Service Provider Network
  • Enterprise Infrastructure Architecture

    Thursday, January 25 – Solutions Tracks



  • SIP Trunking in Latin America
  • Case Study: Sterling Bank
  • SIP Trunking Solutions

    Friday, January 26 – Solutions Tracks



  • SIP Trunking Solutions

    Attend one or all three days of SIP Trunking seminars.
     
    WHERE:  
              
    Broward County Convention Center
    Internet Telephony Conference & Expo
    Room 114
                            
    For more information and a detailed schedule, visit www.ingate.com/SIP_Trunking_seminar.php

    Pre-registration required.

















Get more details on Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.  

FCC on Cable Competition

December 20, 2006

Greg’s update on the FCC and cable competition is certainly worth a read. This FCC ruling is good news is for the phone companies as they will have a standard set of nationwide rules to adhere to instead of a hodgepodge of disparate ones.   AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Federal Relations, Bob Quinn, issued the following comments today:   “The FCC has wisely determined that the pace of video competition and broadband deployment should not be held hostage to the administration of a franchising process created for monopoly cable providers.   “We are heartened that the FCC, just as 9 states, has recognized that the existing local franchising process limits consumer choice and investments in broadband infrastructure. The FCC has taken steps towards streamlining the franchising process by establishing reasonable timeframes within which local franchising authorities administer their responsibilities

Ericsson Buys Redback Networks

December 20, 2006

Happy Holidays and Thanks!

December 15, 2006

I would like to take a moment and thank all my readers and wish you all a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. In addition I want to specifically thank you all for visiting TMCnet so frequently as we have once again hit one million unique visitors in the month on November according to WebTrends. This is the second time this year we have done so. (Apparently our October numbers are still being run -- long story. We may have hit this number in that month as well.)   Thank you for making TMCnet the largest community of communications and technology decision makers in the world.   A few things you should know about TMCnet going forward are the site will soon have a more streamlined look that is easier on the eyes.

Jon Shaprio: Larger Than Life

December 15, 2006

One comment I made in article a few months back has turned into a fun conversation in the industry. I called Jon Shapiro “Larger than Life.” Apparently this led to much ribbing of Jon and someone even designed a photo of Jon as larger than life. I have yet to see it but I promise to publish it if I get a hold of it.   So who is Jon? If you aren’t aware, he is the founder of Alliance Systems and throughout the explosion of PC-based telephony systems his company has been a dominant supplier of boards and industrial computer systems.

Saving Money on IP Communications Education

December 14, 2006

If you haven’t been watching, the early-bird deadline for conferences at Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (register) is approaching --tomorrow actually -- and we are talking about a savings of up to $1,000. The show is in 40 days so be sure to make your travel arrangements now as hotel prices will skyrocket soon. For many people there company foots the bill so this isn’t important. To us however, we would rather have you save some of that hard earned cash and spend it with one of the exhibitors at the show.
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