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Microsoft Surface Surfaces With Dual Mic Skype!

The verdict is in and alas the new Microsoft Surface does not support PixelSense as I first theorized. The good news there is a lot to like about the new Microsoft Surface. First off, Surface sports a 10.6", 16:9...

LightSquared Gets Square Rooted - 4G LTE Network Killed by FCC

LightSquared was just dealt a death blow by the FCC due to concerns of interference, mainly with regards to GPS products: “LightSquared’s proposal to provide ground-based mobile service offered the potential to unleash new spectrum for mobile broadband and enhance...

FCC Now Requires VoIP Outage Reporting

The Federal Communications Commission today voted and passed a requirement that interconnected VoIP service providers report significant network outages that meet specific criteria and thresholds. The goal is to ensure 911 system reliability and perhaps customer awareness of fly-by-night VoIP...

Number Portability Still Sucking After All these Years...

I decided to drop Charter's triple play package because they raised the monthly bill from $166 to $222 per month -- only to find out that the curse of number portability still exists in 2011. Flashback: Back in 2006 I...

LightSquared Solution to GPS Interference Clears Way for Nationwide 4G Network (Sorta)

Came across an interesting news release from LightSquared, the nation’s first wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, today outlined a comprehensive solution to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. This solution will permit LightSquared to...

Google Promotes $.0007 VoIP Access Rate to FCC

Google recently weighed in on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and carrier access charges, which will affect the future of both broadband and VoIP. Over the past few years, there have been past court skirmishes over whether VoIP service providers...

Oh no! MagicJack Lost its Mojo!

According to Andy Abramson, MagicJack's business model is in deep trouble. MagicJack, makes the popular USB VoIP device that gives you all you can eat voice minutes for just $19.95 per year ($39.95 for the 1st year). Andy explains why...

Former FCC Chief Kevin Martin to Keynote ITEXPO

Former FCC Chief Kevin Martin will be a keynote speaker at ITEXPO taking place February 2-4th in Miami, Florida.Some background on Kevin Martin. In a resignation statement on his philosophy at the FCC he stated it "has been to pursue...

911 Joins the 21st Century - To Add SMS & Video

We all remember the controversy surrounding VoIP & 911. Should they be required to provide 911, shouldn't they? Should PC VoIP apps like Skype be exempt since these are mobile VoIP apps? Back in 2007, Congress passed legislation requiring...

AT&T <strike>Grants</strike> Denies Us Mobile VoIP Freedom

The big news last week was how AT&T grants denies us mobile VoIP freedom. Just last week I wrote how AT&T had "granted" us mobile VoIP freedom by finally allowing SIP port 5060 on their 3G data network. I was...

FCC Proposes Applying Net Neutrality to Carriers' Wireless Networks

Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowsk said that wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks. This has huge implications for the VoIP industry, since as I wrote last week, AT&T blocks...

Converter Coupon Expired?

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Robert McDowell recently fielded questions from the public about the DTV transition in Philadelphia, including this one: "I thought I lost my converter coupons I received in the mail, but later found them in my...

AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas ...? Is that the same for Reno?Following in the footsteps of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and several UK Internet service providers, AT&T has unveiled a tiered broadband service in Nevada.According to...

Wireless Free Internet: Thank You FCC!

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an engineering report that opens the door for the FCC to apportion a chunk of wireless spectrum for free Internet services across the nation. "We need to reserve some spectrum for free broadband services,"...

Digital TV Transition Already Has Hiccups

Earlier this week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin flipped an oversize, symbolic switch in Wilmington, NC, to celebrate the city's early transition to all-digital TV signals. The first!  And guess what, by later that day, the FCC...

FCC to punish Comcast over Internet blocking

Comcast is about to be punished for messing with its customers Internet traffic, including messing with P2P traffic and reportedly even VoIP traffic. Apparently, Comcast making nice nice with Vonage wasn't enough to appease the FCC. This news wire reports...

Number Portability Redux

Back in 2006, I griped about my number portability problems. In that post, I wrote: I never thought that in 2006 I would have number portability problems. Hasn't number portability regulations evolved to the point where it is no longer...

FCC Displeased with U.S. Broadband Deployment Rate

According to an eWeek article, the FCC is not pleased with the rate at which broadband is being deployed in the U.S. According to eWeek, the FCC has started a Notice of Inquiry into whether broadband services are being provided...

VoIP Avoids State Regulation

A U.S. appeals court today upheld a decision that exempted VoIP telephone companies such as Vonage, Sunrocket, Packet8, and others from many state regulations and oversight. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit backed a 2004 decision by...

FCC adopts video franchise rules and overrules states that allow rural phone companies to block VoIP

Some interesting news from the FCC with regards to net neutrality, as well as VoIP. The FCC today adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that establishes rules and provides guidance to implement Section 621(a)(1) of...

Digital Transition? What Digital Transition?

Sometimes we just put our heads in a hole, don't we? According to various recent reports, more than six out of ten of us are unaware of the transition to digital television. Yes, that's right! The majority of U.S. households that...

FCC approves new VoIP taxes

Well, we knew it was inevitable that the FCC would pass on USF (Universal Service Charges) taxes onto VoIP service providers and thereby unto VoIP subscribers. I griped about this pending tax just recently. Well, the FCC voted unanimously yesterday...

Congress tells FCC, "We'll Handle e911"

In my previous post on H.R. 5252 legislation, I pasted some excerpts of the bill that pertained to e911. It would appear this bill which passed yesterday "trumps" the FCC's regulations as it pertains to providing e911 service. Although this...

Tax VoIP to fund USF? Bah!

So now the U.S. government wants to tax VoIP to help fund the USF. Rich discusses this in a post today worth checking out. eWeek also has a story on this. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is proposing that VoIP service...

CEO Heavyweights Weigh in on House Broadband Bill and net neutrality

Several CEO heavyweights weigh in on the new pending House broadband bill and how it may affect network neutrality with the following letter... We should all call our Congressman and tell them how we feel about this issue - whether...
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