We are down to the final leg of the three-legged stool, speed. Most studies examining broadband use a speed of 200kbps as the minimum measure. However, in 2008 the FCC finally realized that 200kbps was insufficient to support the bulk of existing Internet based services and applications. The new definition requires a speed of 768kbps for access to be called broadband.
Before I begin, I want to remind you that most of the numbers used for the subject for this week's blog come from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration (NTIA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). I am also using numbers from Insight, Belcher and ChannelVision Magazine. As this is not a college dissertation, and I do not plan to gain economically, I will not be labeling all of the usage going forward. Okay, the disclaimer is out of the way.
It was great to be home for the weekend and cooking my favorite foods. For starters, on Friday we had my fried chicken. Sometimes I'll purchase chicken but after having been in New Orleans for a long a weekend and traveling to Denver for a couple of days, I longed to cook. The chicken was delicious.
While there is much wringing of hands with regard to broadband in the US versus the rest of the world, I wondered if we were analyzing the numbers properly. Currently, broadband usage is measured using three factors price, speed and penetration. However, most of the time, I see price used as a measurement, it is not normalized to average income, disposable income or any other relevant measure of income across countries. Given that, I looked at several reports including a global study of broadband usage and penetration and average world salaries.
With the recent Broadvox announcement of a virtual PBX offering, GO!Hosted, I have been contacted by a number of VARs and OEMs asking for clarification of our product strategy. I find this interesting because, Broadvox has always supported both premise based and hosted solutions. Previously, I shared the stage with Eric Thomas, CEO FreedomVoice, and discussed the decision process and benefits to both alternatives. You can read Hosted VoIP vs.
I spent the weekend in one of my favorite food cites in the world, New Orleans. This was my first trip back since Katrina and it did not disappoint. I went to one of the classic places for a jazz buffet brunch, The Court of Two Sisters. The food was Creole, French and American.
An important lesson learned in my youth was if I use the right tool to repair something then brute force would seldom be necessary. In fact, most of the time using brute force resulted in additional damage. This begat a more deliberate process of studying the problem, developing various alternative solutions examining my tools, and ultimately making the right choice. Immediately, after the FCC lost its net neutrality case with Comcast, one of the alternative fixes under discussion was to alter the manner in which ISPs and ITSPs are regulated.
It has been a few days since the Federal court ruled against the FCC in the matter of Comcast Cable. It is important to note that few players in the carrier world wanted to see Comcast lose. However, there are those of us that want to see a different result than a complete victory for Comcast. For example, If Broadvox or another ITSP sells a VoIP service to a Comcast customer; both the customer and we rely upon Comcast to deliver those voice packets in a timely and proper fashion.
I entered the weekend tired and anxious to cook. While I had been busy with the Broadvox Partner Summit and the new product announcements, relaxation comes from cooking. I had Sunday dinner planned; grilled lamb chops with Greek seasoning, a tomato, basil and sweet onion salad, and potato gruyere and bacon gratin. However, as we conducted our usual Saturday chores and shopping, my barbeque store finally had an ample supply of applewood.
There will be no blogs this week as Broadvox will be making new product announcements. You may follow the announcements beginning Wednesday on our twitter account http://twitter.com/broadvox or at the Broadvox site on the home page under News.
I have not forgotten that I owe you some wireless applications to expand your sales offerings. They will come next Monday.
BTW, I did have eggs and bagels on Sunday to celebrate Easter, Passover and spring.