It's been a couple of weeks since I last wrote this blog. The amount of travel and such to start the year was a bit overwhelming and I found time to be a commodity in short supply. I decided I would rather not write the blog than provide something that wasn't my best. Of course, you missed some great food but I will make up for that beginning today. Over the weekend, I had apple smoked buffalo wings. They are the same as regular wings but lightly smoked prior to frying. They were good but I prefer the original style. On Saturday, we had Alaskan King Crab Quiche and Beef Stroganoff made from beef short ribs. Ahhh, they were both excellent. Finally, for the games on Sunday, I made gumbo. The gumbo included chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish, shrimp and crab. The flavor was a knockout. However, the number of ingredients and cooking process was rather arduous. Therefore, in thinking about what worked well this weekend and was recipe ready, I have selected the Alaskan King Crab Quiche as the recipe of the week. We have enjoyed it for over twenty years and, in fact, it was the first dish ever prepared for me by my then future wife. We made a few changes to it to make it our own. I think you will enjoy it!
The Beginning or the End of Competition
AT&T has asked the FCC for a date to enable it to shut down its TDM/PSTN. We have been pointing out for years that the LECs have been carrying more and more traffic using IP every year. AT&T in asking for permission to turn off its PSTN infrastructure is inferring that its investment in IP and mobile is nearly ready for prime time. Will it mean the end of competition as I have read by other bloggers? No. It will certainly change the landscape. When the 900 pound gorilla decides to take a place at the table, then everyone's meal is at risk. However, the LECs, will still be too big and inflexible to take away our business. It will be interesting to see what services AT&T will provide over their IP and mobile networks. It will be even more interesting to see what pricing results. Given their interest in mobility, they are now engaged in a price war with Verizon. As they drive down mobile prices, it places pressure on Sprint and T-Mobile to reduce their prices as well. In the mobile space, AT&T and Verizon are competing with little attention paid to it by the FCC. Once they decided to move into IP, I do not think the regulatory environment will be quite so laissez faire. Moreover, Broadvox and other ITSPs will not go quietly. We are continuing to upgrade our networks, evolve existing products and pricing, and create new offerings.
We will do just fine when AT&T is allowed to move to a single more cost effective network infrastructure. The culture of their company will remain the same. They will still eat only beef and potatoes. In our world, real ITSPs eat quiche.
See you on Wednesday.