TipTop Tac Toe?

SBC is planning to file a new tariff for a service called “TipTop,” which for the first time would cause unaffiliate ISPs and VOIP providers to pay per-minute access charges on their traffic. Jeff Pulver and Om Malik have good blog posts speculating on the implications and SBC’s overall strategy. Is SBC playing a grand game to dominate all communications? My instinct is, not any more than they ordinarily are ...

More on the Tivo fast-foward non-story

This message board post from someone in Tivo product marketing clarifies what Tivo is and isn’t doing. It reinforces what I said earlier — Tivo showing banner ads when you fast-forward isn’t the end of the world.

The Tivo Fast-Forward Non-Story

According to Matt Haughey’s PVRblog, Tivo is updating its software to display advertisements while you fast-forward through programs. That’s right, you’ll see ads even while you fast-forward to skip the ads. People seem to think this is an abomination. What’s the big deal? Television has ads. There’s nothing evil in that; it’s just a business model. If you don’t like ads, you can sit and watch your home movies on ...

All Your Computers Are Belong to Us

Susan Crawford’s provocative blog post about the broadcast flag brief recently filed by the FCC and Justice Department just got Slashdotted. The issue is whether the FCC has legal authority to mandate that manufacturers of digital television receivers incorporate “broadcast flag” technology to limit copying of digital content. As Susan points out, the government’s position in court is quite expansive. The FCC is essentially claiming the authority to regulate any ...

The Meaning of Innovation

I’m at a “Global Innovation Outlook” event organized by IBM in New York. Lots of great folks here, and — halleluja! — open WiFi in the auditorium at Rockefeller University. It’s too early to pass judgment on the program, but IBM is asking the right questions in exploring the nature of innovation in today’s world.

Indecent

Jeff Jarvis reports that the FCC imposed a $1.2 million fine on Fox for the show “Married by America” after receiving complaints from just 23 individuals. And all but three of the complaints were automated “me too” copies. Jeff points out that this isn’t just a problem with the FCC: Note, too, that this is the most radical product of our culture of complaint, our society of offense, in which ...

Nirvana

So here I am, sitting on a train, checking email, surfing the web, listening to a couple hundred songs, and blogging… all through my phone. I’ve had a Treo for more than a year, but this experience still gives me chills. Ten years ago there was, for all intents and purposes, no public Net. Five years from now, two billion people will be carrying it in their pockets. Crazy.

November 3rd Theses

My brother Adam and some collaborators have put together 19 theses on the future of the Democratic Party. They plan to launch them in a provocative way on Monday. For those of you know don’t know, Adam is the former president of the Sierra Club and a grassroots activist who runs a group called Common Assets. The these are well worth reading for those of us looking to find a ...

FCC Declares VOIP Interstate

Ending one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington, the FCC today declared most voice over IP services as inherently interstate, precluding states from regulating them like traditional telephone companies. This will remove some of the roadblocks and uncertainty for VOIP providers, especially newer players like Vonage. But it’s important to understand that the FCC hasn’t actually resolved most of the hard regulatory issues VOIP raises. It has just decided that ...

Skype Stats

An update on Skype’s P2P voice over IP service, courtesy of Jeff Clavier: * 13M+ users registered * 1M+ simultaneous users reached for the first time a couple of weeks ago * 2,384,686,217 minutes served, as I type this – i.e almost 2.4 billion minutes. Just to put things in perspective: Vonage has 170,000 customers and passed the billion minutes mark sometime in 2004 * 295,000 users have signed for ...