Next Week Guest Hosting

Next week I will be guest hosting Alec Saunders’ Squawkbox.
Below is the agenda, but this is a reminder that it’s a conference call / interview. Open to a lot of people in a lot of ways. Your participation is welcome.
Agenda for the Week of 7 / 14 – 7/ 17.

Monday July 14th. Guests: Jim Kohlenberger and Brita Strandberg

Title “Deployed Globally, Regulated Locally”

Jim Kohlenberger, Executive Director of the VON Coalition and VON Coalition International, takes a look at the world and the regulatory obstacles facing VoIP in various countries.

And then sets the stage for a discussion with Brita Strandberg of Harris Wiltshire. Regarding Web 2.0, (or other terms for the migration such as Telco 2.0, Communication As A Service [CAAS], etc.)

These issues have implications for everyone in our space. Your users and you may not consider the services you render as telecom and you consider yourselves good Netizens, but the way the laws are being written you may have to “quack like a duck” after all.

Tuesday July 15th Guests Hank Hultquist of ATT and ???(Perhaps some one on the California issues as well? – Jim it may be you again)

Title “Following the Money”

After centuries of taxes and service fees based on the use of local switching by a phone company, the application of those rules to services on the Internet is burdensome. Can Intercarrier Compensation be placed into a model that is logical for all participants? While fighting for this vision on an international and national level, some municipalities are pushing us into even more complexity.

Wednesday July 16th Guests Todd Daubert and Ron Del Sesto

Title: “Net Neutrality”

On “the Hill”, some issues take on lives of their own. The term Net Neutrality has been claimed by almost every contingent in the market. Ron Del Sesto of Bingham McCutchen, will provide context and talk about the way that the subject is being perceived by Congress. Todd Daubert of Kelley Drye will add to discussion with the concerns that face vendors and carriers alike in this debate.

Thursday July 17th Guests Sam Shiffman, and a player to be determined.

Title: “Day in the life Regulatory Reality”

How does a carrier stay in compliance with regulation, when so many agencies claim jurisdiction? What resources are required and what issues are faced in coping with expanding services beyond a specific jurisdiction? Sam Shiffman and a fellow service provider will provide some insight as to the realities managing telecom regulation.

Steve Shaw of Kineto Wireless

Dual Mode, Femto and UMA! Oh my!

I asked Steve Shaw, Associate VP of Marketing, what he sees in the marketplace today and how to put the choices associated with Femtocells and Dual-Mode phones in perspective.

Steve writes the UMA Today and his analysis of the carrier strategies in the US and the worldwide market trends has the benefit of breadth.

Conference 2.0?

I was talking to a friend in the conference business about the tools I am seeing being used at some conference and many of them are making a lot of sense to me. I think we are on the cusp of a new era of event services. That allow the attendees at the event to share their views and build a site that continues the benefit from the event.

Take a look at as an example.
It has a wiki, blog, social site, Facebook Group, and a newsletter. Thats a lot of focus.

ClueCon is a month away

One event that friends go to outside of my normal vantage point is ClueCon . Some of the names that are speaking are long time friends who have been in the VoIP space as long or longer than I have. And that means something about their depth of knowledge and breadth of experience. Its a combo of new and old protocols but has a great reputation for people who just want to get things done.

August 5-7, 2008 Chicago, IL

Calliflower – Something to Squawk about

Iotum has done some very cool technology strategies and almost always at the core has been the idea of contextual communication.

Their latest service in this space is called Calliflower and it is in keeping with that model.

For sometime now Alec Saunders has been doing an event on Facebook called Squawk Box. Unlike its CNBC equivalent its been an user participating discussion. While the conference call is going on the chat is active and the group is in full participation.

Those capabilities are now migrating out of Facebook into a Web 2.0 service aimed for small businesses.

Want to hear more… Listen to podcast with Alec Saunders. or better yet listen to Squawk Box or best of all go to and try it.

Back from Vegas!

I did some consulting for some friends this weekend and this is the first time I have to write about some final thoughts about Nxtcomm.

While I had some friends talking about IPTV it feels to me that story is going to get closer to the content than the infrastructure. The WiMax for local loop discussion was there but kind of lost in the noise. Pity because it has some real value as seen in Korea and India.

So as I said earlier it is a show right now about supporting wireless with Metroethernet. It maybe that the USTA and TIA have the ability to collaborate with CTIA. It looks to me that they should.

Even Nxtcomm is Wireless!

At the end of the day, Nxtcomm was about the migration to a wireless world. The number one discussion was to be found in the booths of Ciena, Hatteras and others promoting Metropolitan Ethernet. The story with these devices is that they are the access layer for WDM as the network dumbs down.

This is an interesting story that is taking place.  I am particularly interested with the way Matisse has designed itself for this market and I think they are going to be a winner even if Telecom is suffering.

While Nxtcomm reflected the consolidation of the industry and the MetroEthernet story is not particularly a sexy app story, it is an accurate reflection of the market right now.

Nxtcomm at the lower layer

After a rough start getting to Vegas and some confusion getting my badge, I did my first “editorial interview”. It was with Kontron and Astute Networks . Here are some quick thoughts.

The use of ATCA as a platform is starting to payoff in the interoperability of mix and match partnerships. While the conversation was with Astute Networks for this discussion, the Kontron folks actually have a series of press releases about partners working on their platform.

On the Astute Networks side, I am of the belief that the move to MetroEthernet move is going to bring an era of distributed content farms, not only for wireless but also for the over the top video companies like Level3 are servicing. I also see a potential market to overcome some of the problems cable has in its capacity to deliver HDTV.

If there is buzz on floor its about MetroEthernet.