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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Clams, Clams and More Clams

November 14, 2011

Cooking this weekend took a back seat to celebrating. I did not cook Friday or Saturday. However, do not despair as I developed two exciting new recipes on Sunday. The first was clam chowder using razor clams given to me by one my co-workers.

We interrupt this Count

November 11, 2011

Yesterday, the US Senate defeated an attempt to block the pending Net Neutrality rules. The bill was defeated by a 52-46 vote. This was an important vote since a similar bill to block the implementation of the rules was passed in the House with 241-178 vote. It is difficult to understand if the votes are for principle or to support certain lobbying telecom concerns as the net neutrality proposal would prevent carriers from interrupting or modifying the flow of Internet traffic.

Broadband Selection Criteria 2 and 3

November 9, 2011

As Broadvox has grown as an ITSP and hosted service provider, exclaiming the value of improved QoS is becoming more and more important. Furthermore, with the continued ambiguity surrounding real net neutrality rules, IP communications continue to be at risk when using a third party for connectivity, in particular certain cable companies. To that end, it is incumbent upon me to provide you with additional justification to convince your prospects to purchase broadband from the carrier providing VoIP/SIP Trunking and hosted Unified Communications services. Numbers 2 and 3 follow:

2)  What type of traffic will the broadband connection support?

It is too easy to merely ask the question of whether the business broadband is supporting data and/or voice.

Aioli and Broadband, Hundreds of Options

November 7, 2011

What a weekend! Friday, I deep fried a seasoned turkey breast and made a salad for Gay and a sandwich for me. Deep fried turkey is very different from fried chicken. It doesn’t use flour or batter and the end result is very juicy and flavorful.

The Risk of BYOB

November 4, 2011

The Risk of BYOB

Bring Your Own Broadband (BYOB) is not nearly as bad as most carriers claim. Broadvox is one of the few carriers that will support a SIP Trunk providing VoIP service utilizing BYOB. We do this primarily because businesses can become trapped in long term agreements with a carrier and would face high termination fees if they attempted to cancel prior to the end of the contract term.

Mobility and Unified Communications

November 2, 2011

There has been a growing pool of people discussing the end of the desk phone. Well I am not one of them. The desk phone continues to have its benefits. It is inexpensive, easy to install and manage, has a long life cycle and is simple to use.

USF Reform Takes a Big Step Forward

October 28, 2011

Yesterday the FCC vote unanimously to approve its proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF). While not making the national news this is a big deal. The proposal changes the way we will fund broadband expansion into rural or underserved areas, addresses the issues of traffic pumping, arbitrage and carrier disputes. The proposal includes the creation of a new fund, the Connect America Fund, that will be have an annual budget capped at $4.5 billion to support “wired” broadband expansion.

The Perfect Choice

October 26, 2011

In reading the announcement of Virginia Rometty’s selection as CEO of IBM effective January 1, I was a little annoyed by the persistent mentioning of her sex. Yes, it is true that she will be in a minority among Fortune 500 CEOs (I believe the current number of women leading Fortune 500 CEOs is 17). If we need to count based upon race, gender or ethnicity then perhaps I should mention that only 11 backs have ever been named CEO of a Fortune 500 company, with only one being a woman or what I use to call the perfect choice, hiring a female of color (You get to check more diversity boxes that way). Finally, is it really necessary to remind us that HP just hired a female CEO as well (Meg Whitman)?

Standards are In

October 24, 2011

I admit a blog about original food recipes is less interesting when one is on vacation. While I enjoyed making pokē salads each day, I don’t think eight different pokē recipes using seasoned raw ahi tuna, salmon, beef and cooked shrimp would have been enjoyed by you guys. And while lunch was always pokē, dinner was at a restaurant ranging from Ruth’s Chris to a local Irish pub. No, it wasn’t until Sunday when we arrived home that I could truly cook again.

Accelerating Video Adoption

October 21, 2011

Many years have passed with analysts and proponents of video conferencing and calling claiming the moment is now. Certainly, as prognosticators they have not been very good. Neither travel cost reduction nor have pronouncements of improved collaboration set the market off. However, during CTIA, a new consortium was launched with the intent of accelerating the adoption rate of video conferencing and calling.
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