56 posts categorized "Telecommunications"

June 16, 2011

Whom Do We Regulate when the Phone Monopolies Are Gone? – Universal Access

Reprise of last post: After a more than 100 year run, the end is nigh for plain old telep More...

June 13, 2011

Whom Do We Regulate when the Phone Monopolies Are Gone?

Once upon a time in a universe not very long ago phone service in the US was provided by regulated monopolies. AT&T was the big one and there were (and are) hundreds of small ILECs (Independent Local Exchange Carriers) around the country. These monopolies were regulated both at the federal an More...

May 31, 2011

Keeping a Moving Boatload of Devices Online

Problem: How can Americans stay online for three weeks on a canal boat in Southern France?

One answer: MiFi from Xcom Global.

I usually spend much too much of my travel time trying to stay connected. More...

May 25, 2011

States Should Deregulate ALL Phone Services – Not Regulate New Ones

The Vermont Public Service Department is urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to regulate Voice over IP (VoIP) services offered by Comcast as it does POTS – Plain Old Phone Service. According to James Porter, telecommunications director for the Public Service Department as More...

May 23, 2011

Planning for the Ugly End of the Phone Network

Consumers are who have a choice are quickly deciding they don't need the old copper-based phone network, often known as POTS for Plain Old Telephone Service. We use our cellphones for talking even when we're not mobile. The cell phones have built in phone directories, easy ways to return More...

May 19, 2011

Stowe Electric Brings Fiber to the Mountain

The Nose on top of Mt. Mansfield bristles with communication towers (don't worry; it's still beautiful). Television stations reach much of the state from its highest mountain. Emergency services depend on transmission facilities there. Keeping reliable power flowing to this subarctic (re More...

May 13, 2011

The Ugly End of the Phone Network

I was a little early. "By the end of President Obama's first term, there won't be any more copper landlines left in the country, I blogged just after Obama had been elected. Before that I'd prophesized the end o More...

May 03, 2011

LTE Insufficient from the Start – Boingo IPO Propitious

The trouble with planning way ahead is that the world changes before you execute. The major wireless carriers have been planning their 4th generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) rollouts for a long time – that's how they do things. Now, even as Verizon Wireless is doing an aggressive More...

April 27, 2011

Why did Mary’s AT&T iPhone Ask To Use Verizon?

"My iPhone wants to use Verzion," Mary said. As old telco hands, we both know that is impossible. AT&T uses GSM technology on its network; Verizon Wireless (VZW) uses CDMA. The technologies are incompatible. But she was right. Can you figure out what was going on?

Hint1: We More...

April 21, 2011

AT&T and Verizon Wireless: Opposite Strategies to Win Landline Business

Both AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless (VZW) charge $19.99 (plus the usual extras) for unlimited US calling from residences. Both plans are clearly aimed at winning business away from the legacy landline carriers in those areas where the big dogs themselves are not the landline providers. Bo More...

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