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May 2010

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Can Copper Turn to Gold?

May 25, 2010

People ask me about the CenturyLink-Qwest merger. I'm still trying to get over the CTEL-Embarq merger. And wrapping my head around bigger is better when that has been proven to be a hoax recently (Too Big to Fail?) is causing a headache.

Rich Tehrani sent me an article from Barrons, CenturyLink's POTS of Gold.

What is With the FCC?

May 25, 2010

Julius Genachowski as Chairman of the FCC did a decent job on the framework of ideas that is called the National Broadband Plan. In it, he concluded that we would need 500 MHz of spectrum to make it happen. Notice he didn't say fiber or wireline, but bet on wireless.

And he already grabbed 25 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band to get started.

The Big Push to the Cloud

May 25, 2010

The news is awash with stuff being pushed into the Cloud. Everything is going hosted. Reading press releases, it seems that conferencing is changing and everyone is rolling out a hosted PBX solution. It's a frenzy of zombies following the crowd.

Here are the problems: How do you stand out in the crowd?

Another Digital Security Risk

May 21, 2010

Wild Wireless Winners

May 18, 2010

I didn't know that Carlos Slim owned Tracfone. I also didn't know that it was on VZW's network. 

WalMart is a large retail channel for Tracfone, joining forces in 4Q09 to offer a $30 per month no-contract plan that consists of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30MB of data. This plan (and a $45 plan) were introduced under the brand Straight Talk, offered through América Móvil subsidiary Tracfone Wireless.

Rules of Engagement

May 18, 2010

It's a sometimes funny CBS sitcom, but to Agents in the Telecom Indirect Channel, Rules of Engagement are the sometimes written policy from carriers about Channel Conflict.

What is Channel Conflict?

Channel Conflict is when an agent and a direct account exec are battling for the same account. It helps if there is a written policy in place.

Just a Reminder

May 18, 2010

The masses. You know, the ratepayers, the taxpayers, the consumers. These are the people who have paid for the PSTN. These same consumers have also paid for the future broadband networks that the ILECs have refused to build despite taking rate hikes (for years) to pay for the promised land.

So when there is talk about No Investment in Telecom, I have to laugh.

What Happened to Redundancy?

May 18, 2010

I don't know if you have been reading about the outages that the Cloud Providers have been having. Rackspace, Amazon, Terremark to name a few have experienced outages in the last six months.

My question is What Happened to Redundancy?

The main selling point of these data centers is Redundancy. You know, Battery backup, Generator (for auxillary power), in some cases dual electrical grid power feeds.  

A vehicle took out a transformer on a utility pole in instances at both Rackspace and Amazon. But shouldn't the battery backup work for at least 45 minutes?





Lit Building Strategy

May 17, 2010

Rob Powell at Telecom Ramblings has his lit building chart updated. Top 5 most lit buildings is TWT, L3, Optimum Lightpath, FiberTech and XO at 3000.

So L3 tried to sell mainly on-net via the channel. They would light any building within 400 feet of a fiber route.

Inside Wiring

May 14, 2010

GTT Balks on Acquiring GCI

May 12, 2010

Mobile Bill Made Simple

May 11, 2010

The first action by the FCC Consumer Task Force is to launch an initiative to help consumers avoide "Bill Shock". [Official announcement here]

"The Bureau is seeking input on ways to alert consumers about potential high charges before they add up. One idea is a technical solution now used in Europe that could help consumers avoid this problem."

Is This The Right Move?

May 11, 2010

Sprint currently has 3 pre-paid brands: Boost Mobile, Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile. It's adding another that will sell pay-per-minute services. (Name to be determined).

Boost Mobile is a flat-rate all-you-can-eat plan at $50!

I Want To Work With You

May 10, 2010

I hear that a lot: "I want to work with you." What they really mean is: "Please sell for us." or "Please bring us deals."

It's actually getting funny. I had a VoIP provider call me recently. I tried explaining that I work with VoIP Providers - many of them.

The FCC is Rolling

May 10, 2010

Except for Commissioner McDowell who is out after emergency gall bladder surgery, the FCC has been pumping out the info. The Broadband.gov site is pumping out info. Broadband maps, consumer speed tests, spectrum database, and the Commish's blog. (The website also highlights the 6 Goals of the National Broadband Plan.)

The Commish launched a video message on YouTube about the Third Option on the subject of Net Neutrality.

What is the FCC Trying to Say?

May 6, 2010

The Buzz this week is the FCC's "Third Option" for some form of regulation of the Internet.

This is FCC Commissioner Michael Copps' statement about the Third Option.

"Frankly, I would have preferred plain and simple Title II reclassification through a declaratory ruling and limited, targeted forbearance--wiping the slate clean of all question marks. The quicker we can bring some sense of surety and stability to the present confusion emanating from the Comcast court decision, the better off consumers--and industry, too--will be."

The FCC General Counsel released this statement explaining what FCC Chair Genachowski was trying to say in this statement: "The Third Way: A Narrowly Tailored Broadband Framework".

The Numbers Don't Add Up

May 5, 2010

When Net Neutrality folks say we need competition, I laugh. Never gonna happen. Why? Competition that is just too big and powerful (for now).

When Agents cry about the ILEC Channel programs, I shake my head because it has been about the same or slightly declining for years.

Re-Title the Internet

May 4, 2010

Last Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski received a letter from three law professors, all experts on telecommunications law and open Internet rules. "Tim Wu (known for first popularizing the concept of Network Neutrality), Susan Crawford (former White House advisor on telecommunications policy), and Marvin Ammori (lead attorney and representative of intervenors in the FCC's Comcast proceeding and court appeal), called on the FCC to reclassify broadband transmission service as a Title II telecommunications service." [save-the-internet]

Since AT&T blogged about it without mentioning Crawford's name, I know that the spin machine is in effect. But the FCC must act fast before the Duopoly can mount a PR campaign and a war machine.  I'm a firm believer that anything that a Fortune 1000 company lobbies against is best for the consumer. And every time AT&T wants anything, it usually means it's time to reach for the KY. 

For a detailed legal explanation of why broadband was never classified as a Title II telecommunications service, read this.

Of course, the re-classification would be fought, but so what?





Chad Lives On

May 4, 2010

That annoying character, Chad, from the Alltel commercials lives on. (See his Facebook page here). This week Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI) completed its purchase of certain former Alltel wireless assets from VZW. The total purchase price was $223 million.

Sprint is its own Enemy

May 3, 2010

Well, 1Q2010 was another tough one for Sprint losing $865 million. It did shave its subscriner losses to just 75,000. Offering $50 unlimited pre-paid on Boost and $70 unlimited on post-paid -- and still losing customers. How????

The VZW iPhone Rumors

May 3, 2010

I keep reading about the new iPhone coming to VZW this summer. People, check your calendars: it's still 2010. And the exclusivity contract that AT&T has with Apple for the iPhone lasts until 2011.

As an agent with AT&T burn marks on my butt, let me point out that Apple gets monthly recurring revenue from AT&T for iPhone users.

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