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AT&T chief Whitacre pledges not to block or degrade independent services as the network neutrality issue takes center stage at the TelecomNext show.
The Disney CEO also said his company supports a national franchising plan to make it easier for telcos to get into the video delivery business, while "also supporting a level playing field for cable companies."
A Microsoft executive this week gave the first public demonstration of a PC running the Live Mail client, during which he initiated a video call by clicking on an icon in the software's contact list. Although he was clear that the tools are still in beta, the demo was limited all around.
Michael Powell, speaking at a conference this week, says the level of partisanship is the worst in decades, making it impossible to get anything accomplished. "When your major objective is to make sure the other team fails… that's not policy making, that's like rugby."
Now private citizen Michael Powell says consumers are winning in what he sees as a "business scrum" between content and service companies.
Startup launches a volunteer-based global network of Wi-Fi hotspots.
CEO Seidenberg says content companies who provide advertising-supported applications should share operational costs with owners of broadband networks.
Cisco CEO John Chambers told an audience of primarily financial analysts that recent advances in technology, combined with a changed mindset among business leaders to grow their businesses, should lead to sustained growth in many communications markets.
Unlike firewalls or virtual private networks, the new silicon-based security boxes are designed to fit into enterprise networks without much administrative disturbance, the vendor says.
The debut product from Identity Engines can support between 500 and 2,000 clients per device and act as central administration point to authenticate and authorize network users.
Kevin Martin calls for national TV franchises and champions a system for universal service contributions.
The costs of implementing the new wireless technology are still too steep for widespread deployment, say carriers who have WiMax trials underway--which could mean it will be a while before it's a viable option for most enterprises.
As a pre-condition for merger approval, telcos may be forced to offer broadband DSL that is not tied to a voice service.
The company is adding support for more types of network devices, and is making available client software to ensure antivirus and other protection is up to date.
The wireless provider proposes a partner program to learn technical specifics so it won't inadvertently block VoIP services.
Proclaiming some Internet truths to be self-evident, Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron called for a “Broadband Bill Of Rights,” to ensure that the Web remains as open as possible.
Communications shortcomings exposed by Katrina’s wrath have increased Congress’s focus on the pending transition of television spectrum, perhaps at the expense of other pressing issues, Sen. John Sununu said at a conference this week.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin proposed the creation of a new internal bureau inside the agency to coordinate the planning and response actions during national disasters, as part of the agency’s response to communications failures in the face of Hurricane Katrina.
The upshot: ISPs are on their own, because phone companies no longer have to provide these rivals with low-cost access to their high-speed Internet lines.
More advanced IP services will incude dual-mode phone handsets, which will seamlessly roam between cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMax, or other fixed-wireless broadband networks.
Analysts at Legg Mason see Bush aides, Southern pols as potential FCC nominees, with announcements on the way soon -- along with a possible confirmation struggle.
The company has been creeping out of stealth mode lately, talking in general terms about an upcoming security appliance using proprietary silicon to improve throughput, achieving wire-speed security on any port.
Former CTO becomes Chief Development Officer with the retirement of Mario Mazzola.
Agency seeks comments on managing and oversight of the USF, which is used primarily to subsidize rural telecom providers and low-income families.
Senate Commerce committee staffer Christine Kurth, one of the leading candidates for nomination to the Federal Communications Commission, has withdrawn from consideration due to potential conflicts of interest with her husband's telecom consulting business.
The new Federal Communications Commission chairman gives a few hints about his tenure during a Supercomm appearance.
Under fire for its lack of a comprehensive solution for emergency 911 services, Voice over IP leader Vonage Holdings Corp. said it will change its registration process to make 911 services an opt-out rather than an opt-in option.
After years of telling customers that it was necessary to integrate security into their network infrastructures, Cisco CEO John Chambers could finally talk about a product that did just that in a single rack unit.
Juniper Networks on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Peribit Networks and Redline Networks, two startups in the emerging field of application acceleration technologies.
Voice-over-IP proponents on the California Public Utilities Commission made good on their pledge to withdraw the commission's original motion to appeal the FCC's Vonage Order, meaning that California's influential public utilities board no longer opposes the idea of federal-only regulation of VoIP.
Kevin Martin, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, did show up Tuesday at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show here. And that's about all that can be said.
Move over blogging -- here comes Internet-based home video, to a Google server near you.
Would cable companies block independent Internet services like Voice over IP from their broadband offerings? Not a chance, according to some top execs who spoke at the National Cable & Telecommunications Show Sunday.
Texas' Attorney General sues Vonage, claiming the company is misleading consumers about its 911 services.
Level 3 pulls back a petition to clarify VoIP fees, after what observers say was a recognition of its impending defeat.
Vonage Holdings Corp. said it is investigating a new potential incident of its Voice over IP service being blocked, this time by a cable television company that also provides Internet services.
"Welcome! You've got VoIP." That was the message from America Online via the VON Spring 2005 conference, where chief executive Jon Miller officially announced the "AOL Internet Phone Service," with pricing and availability details to follow in the next 30 days.
According to Beltway insiders, conflicts between politicians -- even those in the same party -- may further delay the already complicated process of drafting new telecom legislation.
Disappointed but undaunted, Qwest CEO Richard Notebaert said his company is ready to "move on" after losing out to Verizon in its bid to acquire long-distance and Internet-access provider MCI.
Leading Voice over IP service provider Vonage Holdings has complained to the Federal Communications Commission that competitors are blocking the use of its service, according to FCC chairman Michael Powell and others close to the company.
His successor is expected to continue the FCC's current direction of less telecom regulation instead of more, especially in regards to new technologies like voice over IP.
New York and Ohio have joined the ever-growing group of states and organizations planning to appeal the Federal Communications Commission's Vonage ruling, which pre-empts state regulation of VoIP.
Like a cafeteria cook trying to keep the kitchen as clean as possible, the Federal Communications Commission next week will take its first steps at trying to reform intercarrier compensation rules, trying to minimize the impact of what one FCC staffer calls the impending "big food fight" over telecom access fees.
Setting itself up for a potential regulatory flip-flop, the California Public Utilities Commission has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the FCC's recent decision to exempt Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings from state-by-state regulations -- a petition that the CPUC itself may seek to overturn when new commissioners come on board Jan. 11.