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If It's Not Neutral It's Not Internet

May 17, 2006

The success of a proposal by AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality does not threaten the Internet. The broadband customers of AT&T and Verizon will just no longer have access to the Internet. The development appropriately creates alarm among AT&T and Verizon's customers, but the combined customer bases of these companies represent less than 2% of the billion or so users of the Internet. The fact that access to the Internet requires net neutrality does not depend on laws passed by the US Congress or enforced by the FCC. Neutrality arises as a technical and business imperative facilitating the interconnection 250,000 independent networks that choose to participate in the Internet. ›››

By Daniel Berninger Posted 4:07 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1828

Inside: Regulation & Policies

Net Neutrality Again!

May 15, 2006

I had hoped to take a longer break from the theme of Net Neutrality, but a piece on Om Malik's blog by Daniel Berninger seems to be screaming for a reply. Berninger hails from ›››

By Mark Goldberg Posted 1:48 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 2070

Inside: Business Strategies

Preserving "Rational Competition"?

May 12, 2006

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By Alec Saunders Posted 12:33 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1775

Inside: Regulation & Policies

Telephony, Regulation, and VoIP

May 09, 2006

A new article by Ken Camp, published at Realtime VoIP, discusses telephony regulations, describing some existing regulatory issues surrounding telecommunications and how they might impact VoIP services. The following is an introduction to this article: "Bringing new technologies such as VoIP into service presents a wide range of technical challenges. Given the highly regulated environment of telecommunications, VoIP presents a set of regulatory challenges. For the most part, these challenges present hurdles to VoIP service providers who want to deliver commercial services to consumers and businesses and don't directly impact business VoIP deployment. ...Businesses that embrace managed VoIP services might want to review some of these regulatory issues, such as E-911 services, with the managed VoIP service provider." ›››

By Ken Camp Posted 11:39 am PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 2139

Inside: Business Strategies

How to Increase Broadband Competition

May 09, 2006

Susan Crawford, seeking to learn from Korea and Japan, identifies three routes towards broadband competition... Facilities based competition: Still waiting for that mythical third wire, or perhaps some unused, unlicensed TV spectrum, but not holding my breath. (Broadband over powerline? It is such an encumbered technology that it is its own barrier to entry.) Wholesale access: Been there, tried that, but the Bells wouldn't unbundled elements... ›››

By David Isenberg Posted 8:41 am PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1764

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Comparative Broadband Ideas

May 08, 2006

The primary reason that Japan and Korea do so much better than the U.S. on any measurement of broadband (availability, penetration, price, speed) is that there is fierce competition in the market for broadband internet access in these countries. ...How do you increase competition in the U.S. for broadband access? Right now, we have giants fighting with each other -- cable and telephone companies. Small numbers of these companies control 80%-90% of the market for broadband access... ›››

By Susan Crawford Posted 4:24 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1873

Inside: Business Strategies

Verizon's Price Cut: Raising the Stakes for Vonage

May 06, 2006

Verizon's price cut for VoIP can't be anything but bad news for Vonage, and you knew it was just a matter of time until the RBOCs -- well, all two of them at this point -- played the price card to put tacks on the road as Vonage speeds along towards its IPO. In all fairness, Vonage started this game back in 2004 when the threat of them being the RBOC-killer was more perceived than real. However, they succeeded in baiting AT&T into a costly price war that slowed up their CallVantage roll out... ›››

By Jon Arnold Posted 4:56 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 2089

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Network Neutrality Upsetting Worldviews?

Apr 27, 2006

With everyone talking about network neutrality, with all the heat, it didn't feel good to have to be in NY today and miss the goings-on in Washington. I watched part of the late afternoon markup session online, with Rep. Barton sounding awfully effective as he marched steadily through Title III -- quickly taking votes, soothing congress people who were suggesting soon-to-be-rejected amendments, and sounding confident. The only substantive work I heard was the rejection of an amendment that would have left in place all state laws that regulate the subjects of the bill -- like mini wireless networks. But the real news had already happened... ›››

By Susan Crawford Posted 7:03 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 944

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Help! This is Not an Emergency

Apr 27, 2006

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By Martin Geddes Posted 4:25 pm PDT / Comments: 1 / Views: 1206

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Post-Disaster Communications Petition

Apr 18, 2006

Recently, FCC placed on public review a petition filed by Evslin Consulting and The petition grew out of the experiences felt during a breakdown in communications network caused by Hurricane Katrina. As you may recall, whole communities were evacuated in the Gulf coast and many families were separated because they ended in different cities. Added to the trauma, many of these evacuees found it difficult to contact and communicate with each other. But those who have VoIP service and those who subscribe to premium features on their PSTN lines were better off because their services were able to forward the calls to the new location... ›››

By Aswath Rao Posted 11:01 am PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1082

Inside: Technologies

Telephony's Next Act

Apr 17, 2006

There are about 1 billion fixed telephone lines and 2 billion cellphones in the world. Most calls still travel across traditional systems based on proprietary software and hardware. Soon, though, they will move to networks based on open protocols... The same thing is happening all around the world -- in some cases very quickly. Last winter, the chief technology officer at BT Group PLC, in London, said that during the next three to five years, BT would like to "turn off the public switched telephone network." If that happened all over the world overnight, and all those phones connected to the Internet instead, it would double or triple the number of objects joined by that network of networks, wreaking havoc on some parts of it. Done right, though, over the next several years, the move will open doors to new telephone services that will make all our lives easier and better. ›››

By Paul Mockapetris Posted 1:40 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1709

Inside: Exploring Frontlines

Continued Move Towards Unified Communications

Apr 17, 2006

A couple of new notes that underscore the continued convergence of real-time communications services (e.g. voice/video/IM) into a presence-based real-time IP communications infrastructure... I haven't seen this shift just yet, but increasingly the folks responsible for managing voice and video systems are integrating their planning with the groups in charge of instant messaging and collaboration. I expect this trend to accelerate as we move forward. ›››

By Irwin Lazar Posted 11:22 am PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1051

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Forward-Thinking Remedies

Apr 06, 2006

Just a year ago, I gave a talk at David Isenberg's 2005 Freedom to Connect conference. I said, essentially, that we should be careful in asking for regulation to protect the net, because the power to protect carries with it the power to constrain. This was a very troubling message for the audience, and the chatroom projected behind me went wild with disapproval. Since then, I've become very concerned about the concentration in broadband service provision in this country, and worried that there won't be any competition for unfettered internet access. ›››

By Susan Crawford Posted 3:00 pm PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 1203

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Powell Warns Net Neutrologists Not to Be Naive

Apr 05, 2006

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By James Seng Posted 5:32 pm PDT / Comments: 2 / Views: 1677

Inside: Security

Examining Two Well-Known Attacks on VoIP

Apr 05, 2006

VoIP is here to stay. In fact many incumbent telecommunication carriers have started offering VoIP service for sometime and several new VoIP service providers have emerged. Aside from issues such as quality of service, the aspect of security, or lack thereof, is misunderstood by some of the VoIP service providers. This purpose of this article is to discuss two of the most well known attacks that can be carried out in current VoIP deployments. ›››

By Peter Thermos Posted 7:02 am PDT / Comments: 0 / Views: 6866
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