FCC VOIP Forum agenda

The FCC has posted the agenda for the December 1 VOIP Forum. I’m on the first of two panels.

Riding the rails

I’m trainblogging on the way up to Boston, where I’ll be speaking this evening, then doing a few meetings tomorrow.  With the option of using my Treo 600 as a modem, I now have pretty ubiquitous connectivity, and to quote McDonalds, I’m lovin’ it!

NTIA spectrum event

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which managed government spectrum, is holding a forum on spectrum policy on December 9, with other events planned in January and February.  This is part of the Bush Administration’s spectrum task force initiative, launched in June.

Upcoming events in DC

I’m participating in two events in Washington, DC in two weeks that might be of interest to readers of this blog. First, I’ve been invited to speak at the FCC’s Voice Over IP Forum on December 1.  This will be an important event for the future of the VOIP industry.  Several states are already trying to impose traditional telephone regulation on VOIP services.  The FCC needs to address this issue ...

Verizon admits voice is just an application

Lawrence Babbio, vice-chairman of Verizon, announced that the telco would start offering voice over IP to its DSL customers next year: “VoIP for the mass market is coming,” said Babbio, “and just like with LNP (local number portability) there is nothing anybody can do to stop it.” Babbio said Verizon would be very aggressive in meeting or beating the pricing of any consumer VoIP service. The company is currently planning ...

Economic impacts of broadband

The Broadband Industry Group, a coalition of ISPs in the UK, has released a report suggesting that widespread competitive provision of broadband would add ₤22 billion (about $40 billion) to the British economy by 2015.

The Triumph of Good Enough

My latest column for The Feature, on converged mobile devices.

Knowledge Navigator: a walk down memory lane

A speaker just played Apple’s famous Knowledge Navigator video from 1987, projecting the personal computer of 2010. What struck me was the slide listing the projected hardware specs: a 40GHz processor, a 120GB hard drive, wireless connectivity, and a 1GB portable optical storage device. Other than the processor, all of that is readily available today, and we should have 40GHz CPUs well before 2010. On the other hand, the humanistic ...

A hotspot in my pocket

I’m at a workshop at a conference center with no WiFi.  The alleged reason is that we’re “somewhere close to” the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, MD.  The good news is that I’m able to get online via my Treo.  Using a utility called PDANet, I just plug the phone into my laptop, click a button, and I’m online over Sprint’s CDMA network at 96.6kbps.  These days, I ...

Burning the midnight oil