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January 2011

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Verizon Changes Commissions

January 31, 2011

Shockingly, Verizon has dramatically changed their commission structure for 2011.

The changes are effective for all orders issued into Verizon's legacy system after 1/1/2011.

Commissions have moved from a Residual and Acquisition structure, to an all Acquisition (up-front) structure.

Commissions for all products will be capped, being paid as if they were 1-year-term deals.

Changes in Customers, Changes in Attitude

January 30, 2011

In an article by Gary Kim, Matt Bramson, Inphonex chief marketing officer, sais some interesting things about telecom sales to SMB.

Bramson suggests that "People also increasingly are comfortable configuring their own solutions and are used to getting support from user communities. ...

TCA Announces Agent Education Series

January 28, 2011

The TCA (Technology Channel Association) is a trade association for the Indirect Channel. It's prime mission is education. The TCA has been holding monthly peer-to-peer webinars, allowing members to teach members about various topics and services (since April of 2009). These webinars are archived for our membership.

VZ Buys Terremark for $1.4B

January 28, 2011

I was shocked last night when I read that VZ had purchased Terremark for $1.4B. It reminded me of MCI Worldcom buying Intermedia just to acquire the Digex assets. It really is all about Cloud these days! Rackspace and Savvis are home counting out the stock options.

Free Conference Services Blocked

January 27, 2011

Over on a Voice Ops listserv, some ITSP's are discussing blocking access to free conference calling services. One, I'm not certain that is legal. I think a complaint to the FCC could make an ITSP's day go south.

Two, bad press from blocking could lead to negative branding.

2 Questions for Kevin Martin

January 27, 2011

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As you may know, one of my two favorite FCC Chairmen, K-Mart will be speaking at ITEXPO. I'm not certain I'll get to ask these questions to him, since that restraining order may still be in effect*.

1) How come before you were Chairman of the FCC you were pro-competition, but as soon as you sat in the big chair, became anti-competitive? (Kind of like Commissioner Powell, who was pro-competition during his employment at COMPTEL, but who has been on the other side since appointment.) My understanding is that your appointment to Chairman was a deal with Karl Rove through partners like IMPACT with a promise for a Senate run. Is there truth to this?

2) How come the 9/11 Commission fixes to the Public Safety architecture in America had to wait until 2011 to be implemented for First Responders?



The Future of Bell DSL

January 27, 2011

AT&T announced that they "nearly" hit 3 million U-Verse TV customers. In comparison, Bell added 2.8M new wireless customers in the 4th quarter and sold 4.1 million iPhones´╗┐. Bell has 95M wireless subscribers. [see PDF].

The Customer Comes First

January 25, 2011

Bits and Pieces

January 24, 2011

The TCA has over 370 agent members now. Certification is underway. Are you becoming a Certified Telecom Professional?  

STS Telecom and Saturn Telecommunications became part of Deltacom today, which is now EarthLink Business, according to an FCC filing.

Nine Minutes About SEO

January 21, 2011

TMC's Rich Tehrani joins me for a short discussion about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

For me, the significant components of SEO are picking the right keyword (as Rich explains in the podcast) and great content that is kept current. An example of that would be a webpage with a headline (and proper URL) for a popular question like What is the difference between PAAS and IAAS? (The URL should be the headline, btw).

The Winds of Change on The Channel

January 20, 2011

The last six months has seen many channels at the Channel Chief level at XO, Level3, MegaPath, and other carriers. Also, the M&A has resulted in a tumulus time for The Channel. Qwest and CentruyLink. Embarq and CenturyTel. New Edge Networks with One Comm. and Deltacom. CavTel and PAETEC.

Not So Shocking News

January 20, 2011

The FCC approved the merger of Comcast and NBCU (announcement pdf here) "with conditions and enforceable commitments", whatever that means, since its enforcement history has been simply laughable in fostering any competition at all.

"As part of the merger, Comcast-NBCU will be required to take affirmative steps to foster competition in the video marketplace. In addition, Comcast-NBCU will increase local news coverage to viewers; expand children's programming; enhance the diversity of programming available to Spanish-speaking viewers; offer broadband services to low-income Americans at reduced monthly prices; and provide high-speed broadband to schools, libraries and underserved communities, among other public benefits."

I agree with FCC Commish Copps, "But all the majority's efforts--diligent though they were--to ameliorate these harms cannot mask the truth that this Comcast-NBCU joint venture grievously fails the public interest. I searched in vain for the benefits." Haven't we seen enough Too-Big-To-Fail??

It's the Content Stupid!

January 20, 2011

At a networking event on Monday night in Tampa, I ran into an SEO guy, who proceeded to explain that Google search results (SERPs) would be all paid soon. He didn't know the difference between an SEO strategy and managing a PPC (pay-per-click) campaign. (The Cranky Bastards discuss this on this week's podcast - and I will be discussing SEO and Lead Gen with TMC's Anthony Graffeo Friday).

I tried to explain that organic SEO will always work - meaning content like crack will beat any paid campaign.

Cox Business on Hosted PBX Roll Out

January 20, 2011

I recently interviewed Mike Bolognini, vice president of Cox Business and Hospitality Network in Las Vegas, about the planned rollout of Hosted PBX in Southern Nevada. Below are Mr. Bolognini's responses.

RAD: What is the biggest challenge you will face as you plan the rollout of Hosted PBX in Southern Nevada?

COX: The introduction of any new technology brings with it a learning curve.

Google Voice LNP Available?

January 20, 2011

This Week in Blurbs

January 18, 2011

Kajeet, a company formed when its three founder-fathers discussed how kids, cell phones, and parents could work best, has raised $18 million in new backing, according to a regulatory filing. [TJS]

4 case studies about cloud services, from infoweek

57 Ways To Connect With Customers Online (the Seth Godin way) -- you could implement just 2 ideas for marked improvemnt in 2011! I have spend the better part of a month giving Goal Setting & Sales Planning for 2011 talks.

PlanetOne Partners with AMEX

January 12, 2011

What Does That List Mean?

January 12, 2011

There are always lists. Everybody comes up with Top 10, Top 5, Best of, blah, blah, blah. What does the list actually mean though?

For years I have heard about the JD Power awards, but have no idea what the criteria for winning one is.

Simply Put: The Cloud

January 12, 2011

Get Your Net-Head On

January 11, 2011

So at CVX @ITEXPO on Thursday, Feb. 3rd at 3:15 PM I will be presenting about the need for Net-Heads in the Channel again. (It was originally presented at CVX at ITEXPO East in LA in October of 2010.) The session is titled, "Crossing the Channel Chasm". Please come listen.

So you have some background on the Net-Head concept of mine, download this free e-book that collects all of my writings on this TMC blog and in Internet Telephony magazine in one quick, short read.

Proceed With Coupon Caution

January 11, 2011

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Rich Tehrani points out that Groupon may not be the best friend for small businesses because it attracts the least valuable customer.

My pal uses Groupon and others to drive traffic. His costs cover the coupon and profit. He hopes for return visits to really make up the profit.

Rumor: VZW iPhone

January 10, 2011

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Twitter is all abuzz about the special announcement tomorrow by VZW in NYC. Dan York says that he can't see Steve Jobs letting VZW have the lead on this story. I agree. Everyone is certain that the iPhone will be out on Verizon's xG network by the end of 1Q2011.

The New New Telco

January 9, 2011

2 More Acquisitions

January 6, 2011

Rumor from SFGate is it that Skype bought Qik for $100 million. Qik's smartphone video streaming service has grown to 5 million users. That doesn't mean revenue though - and Skype should know, right? Only 6% of its 124 million users contribute to the bottom line.

Smoothstone Has Patience with Sprint

January 6, 2011

Sprint finally lands a partner in its Mobile Convergence system. After spending much of 2010 talking with Sprint about the MVNO and Integration options, I applaud the patience of Smoothstone, which announced today the availability of Smoothstone's cloud-based voice solutions combined with Mobile Integration delivered over the Sprint Global MPLS network to provide unprecedented flexibility and performance for the most dynamic and demanding businesses. In English, that means that Smoothstone's softswitch (Broadsoft it seems) is connected to Sprint's network via an MPLS link to allow customers that also have a Sprint mobile phone to have full integration with the Hosted PBX. In essence, the Sprint cell phone becomes an extension on the PBX.

ITEXPO East 2011

January 4, 2011

ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami Beach is less than a month away. Who's going?

Suzanne Bowen of DIDX is listing the events on her blog here.

Highlights include the Telecom One-on-One put on by PR firm JS&A for clients, media and friends on Feb. 1; Women of VoIP Breakfast and Networking Receptions on Feb. 2nd & 3rd.

UC is on the Rise: No Kidding

January 4, 2011

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All the trends, lists, predictions are out now. Of course, UC is will see record growth and Cloud Computing too. No kidding! They are both in infancy (relatively speaking), so there is nowhere to go but up.

Tom Peters on Sales

January 4, 2011

Net-heads Grab the Gold Ring

January 3, 2011

Over on Voyces Larry Lisser blogs about 4 communications startups that received funding in 4Q2010.  (Pertinent because Communications Startup Camp is in less than a month on Feb. 3 at ITEXPO!) What made the story stand out for me is that all the innovation in communications is coming from Net-Heads not Bell-Heads. Software developers are shipping great Art.

Verizon coming up with another stupid slogan or the ability for a largely technophobic consumer to watch the same movie on 3 devices is not a great advance.  I'll give them some credit for the social networks widgets, but again not easy for the general public to pull off.

Meanwhile Net-heads are making mashups; designing friendly UI; and allowing the small business to take full advantage of the web/apps/cloud.

For example, Tampa local's Charles Armstrong launched the iPhone app Tour Wrist in 2010 at TEDX Tampa Bay





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