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By David Sims

The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is a Guilty PleasureSM, ABC’s The Lexicon Of Love:

A good BusinessWeek article this morning by Burt Helm argues that the splashy SBC move to offer high-speed broadband at $14.95 is a gamble for SBC but a no-brainer win for Yahoo!. It is that, and First CoffeeSM thinks it’s also a big step towards ubiquitous VoIP among normal, ordinary non-tech geek consumers.

You’ve heard that yesterday SBC Communications cut its price by a quarter to $14.95 for DSL, and that Yahoo! will provide SBC’s customers with “services like e-mail, instant-messaging, and Web-hosting” for an undisclosed fee, as Helm writes. SBC is clearly looking for an edge over cable with high-speed broadband Internet and VoIP.

The way Helm sees it – and First CoffeeSM agrees, otherwise Mr. Helm’s opinion wouldn’t be here – that while the lower prices will hook more subscribers on high-speed, “Yahoo will pick up a significant amount of new business with very little effort,” even though “already, ‘the vast majority’ of SBC’s 5.6 million DSL subscribers use Yahoo!’s services, according to an SBC spokesperson.”

So SBC takes the risk, potentially lowering their profit margins, while Yahoo! risks almost nothing yet stands to gain more fees for usage of its site by Internet providers, a fast-growing revenue stream for Yahoo!, as well as higher ad rates.

In the end, although Helm doesn’t say this, VoIP could be the real key here. He quotes Mike McCormack, a Bear Stearns analyst who says SBC’s move is “a market-share grab,” since “by using [aggressive pricing] as a tool to take broadband share, it means one less voice-over-IP customer for a cable company.”

It’s First CoffeeSM’s opinion that VoIP will become much more valued to the millions of red state, flyover land American consumers than fast Web surfing. VoIP will be what they’re really paying for, and they’ll take the online as a bundled option.

LingoMexico.Com, the U.S. Internet phone service provider, today became the first VoIP provider to offer unlimited phone calling to Mexico.

The new LingoMexico.Com “Unlimited Mexico” VoIP plan lets customers use their broadband Internet connections and phones for unlimited calls to Mexico for $29.95 per month. The plan also includes unlimited phone calls in the U.S. and to Canada.

Digisoft Computers Inc. is announcing Snake River Correctional Institution’s successful implementation of their flagship call center software, Telescript. There’s a new market – not outsourcing, slammersourcing.

The Oregon Corrections Enterprise facility houses a state-of-the-art call center with nearly one hundred inmates on multiple calling campaigns manning the agent positions. With a low agent turnover rate – except for parole – high demand for the positions and salary / benefits “less of a concern than at a typical call center,” as Digisoft officials delicately put it, OCE thinks they’ll “prosper” in this niche of the call center industry.

OCE handles the call center operations for numerous state agencies, such as the DMV, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education in addition to acting as a service center for clients in the private sector. Plus inmates get job training.

“We can compete with offshore call centers on price and regularly exceed their service levels,” says Mike Reagan, SRCI General Manager (i.e. “warden”). The Snake River Correctional Institution – look, there goes Evel – records every call and tracks overall campaign and individual agent performance and effectiveness.

First CoffeeSM thinks prisoners should work to pay for their keep instead of taxpayers footing the entire bill. Training them to work call centers is actually a pretty good idea.‘s reporting this morning that British Telecom is partnering with Nortel to provide managed IP services to the Ministry of Defence “that could, they say, result in improved security around emerging VoIP technology.”

The partnership is part of the about $2 billion Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service between BT and the MoD to build and manage a coordinated communicated infrastructure for the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.

John Anderson, director of BT Government, is quoted in as saying that any innovation in security of IP communications – particularly voice traffic – could be passed on: “The fact that the lab has been set up for the DFTS means there will be benefits from security and reliability for VoIP. The MoD requirements for security could cross over into the commercial world and have benefits for the financial sector for the instance.”

If you missed this on CRM Daily yesterday, South Africa has been voted the top offshore contact center location, knocking India into second place.

British marketing services specialist Ion Group asked marketers to rate locations according to call-handling quality, and South African call centers received a score of 51.1 percent for attributes such as high-quality call-handling standards, a strong technological infrastructure and linguistic capabilities. India hit under 50 percent in each category.

Eastern European countries and former Soviet nations were found to offer a lower standard of call handling, while the Philippines was downgraded for a “sweatshop ethic.”

EdGenuiti Worldwide, a producer of enterprise software designed specifically for higher education was chosen by American Graduate University. It’ll be implemented by High Voltage Interactive.

After “years of experimenting and jury-rigging with other CRMs,” according to the worst-written press release First CoffeeSM  has seen – there’s a lot of competition for that title – installing edGenuiti is a “too good to be true” answer to AGU’s CRM needs.

The American Graduate School of Management, part of the American Graduate University established in 1976, provides advanced education and career development programs for employees in government and private industry. It has full institutional approval from the State of California Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education to grant advanced degrees.
... has “Top 10 Mistakes Made by New and Expectant Dads:”

1. Criticizing mother’s abilities. Talk about concerns when she’s rested and calm.

2. Sitting back and letting her do it all. You’re just setting the groundwork for trouble.

3. Ignoring signs of depression and anxiety. Extreme or subtle ones.

4. Trying to fix everything. Wives often want husbands simply to listen and care.

5. Ignoring your partner’s feelings. Just asking lets her know that you care.

6. Clamming up about feelings. Let your wife know she’s not the only anxious one.

7. Losing track of time. Ask your wife what she would like to see happen and by when.

8. Playing dumb. Especially when it comes to changing a diaper or giving a bottle.

9. Avoiding parenting classes and magazines. First CoffeeSM recommends dads read What To Expect When You’re Expecting and What To Expect The First Year.

10. Pretending you’re asleep when the baby awakens at night.

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