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Posts from November 2005

Why I Ordered My Wireless T-1

Since WiMax isn't around the corner in my community, even though the offices for Covad's WiMax VP, pal Lee Gopadze, I opted to sign-up for a wireless T-1 from SkyRiver, the company Lee founded a few years back.

Hopefully the install goes as planned, and that will mean I'll be in control of my bandwidth. I'm still keeping the cable modem for now. Between Helene living at the house on weekends and Brooke there during the day helping on projects and managing my life when I'm away as my Charge d'Affairs, they need their access. I'm going to be selfish with the T-1. Oh, and don't drive by thinking it's going to be accessible via WiFi, for starters it will be only available on my wired Ethernet network until I figure out how to run two WiFi networks in the house.

This post by Alec is one reason why I chose to go this route.

Richard Blogs My Visit To Vienna

It was enjoyable visiting with Richard and then checking out some of the VoIP/Tech related activities in Vienna. The meeting with Richard Shockey and TImothy Jasionowski from Nokia also made it interesting.

This was an added bonus, but seems to be the serendipity that has been occurring in my life for the last year or so. Helene enjoyed the dinner with Richard, though she skipped the Internet Society meeting, for a more important activity...Shopping!

Call In Search

Check out Tom's post about CallInSearch and how it gives you what Google (and I have to bet Yahoo and MSN) are all planning to offer in the way of some kind of Click and Call service.

Hurdles in the Way of Baby Bells When It Comes to TV

A very exhaustive story in today's New York Times appeared all about the Baby Bells planned foray into Television, just at the time the MSO's are making heavy moves into telephone service. Brian Roberts of Comcast says that the Bells have "many hurdles - financial, technical and cultural - to make a serious dent in his business." I say this is the time to be a broadband service provider. For companies like Level3 and Sprint the cable guys will keep migrating towards them, and away from AT&T/SBC, Verizon/MCI. Why? Because they don't want to feed their competition start to see some very interesting combos.

BT to Provide Free VoIP Calls via WiFi and WiMax

In what has to be good news to Yahoo and possibly Bridgeport Networks, British Telecom has signaled the market that they don't plan to sit idle as "free calling" from the likes of Skype. To accomplish this there needs to be some IMS layer technology, which is where Bridgeport Networks comes in. Both companies were recently at a Fixed Mobile Convergence conference in Toronto last week, so it's kind of interesting that this story breaks.

But one has to wonder if Yahoo with all the partners it has (BT, SBC, Verizon, YahooBB in Japan) is really friend or future foe. Couldn't Yahoo at some point take all that traffic, keep it on their network, connect all the Yahooligans together and bypass their partners when Yahoo user one wants to talk to Yahoo user 2?