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FCC releasing intercarrier compensation reform NPRM on February 8

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Miami, Florida – Hard core phone geeks are buzzing over the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s plans to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for intercarrier compensation reform of February. 

Previously, in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the agency proposed to phase out the framework of intercarrier compensation rules within a decade, getting [...]

AT&T allows Skype – but don't expect them to roll over

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AT&T, trying to avoid a FCC dope-slapping, announced that yes, it would allow Skype to make lower cost phone calls on the iPhone.  Interestingly, this comes on the heels of Vonage’s iPhone client last week.  Regardless of the outcome, don’t expect AT&T to rollover and play dead when it comes to net neutrality.

Allowing [...]

FCC puts down its markers for Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality had been relatively dormant under the previous administration, but an all-Democratic Congress and Administration has put the issue front-and-center.   FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski drew a line in the sand this week to carriers and they’re reacting with their usual party lines.

In a Monday speech at the Brookings Institute, Genachowski indicated the [...]

Kabuki theatre over Apple iPhone/AT&T/Google Voice

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Can we just cut to the chase and allow VoIP apps on the iPhone already, regardless of who does them and what network they use?

AT&T has apparently ‘ fessed up that, why yes, the iPhone deal does block VoIP apps from using its cellular network, but VoIP over Wi-Fi is somehow OK.

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The Apple/AT&T/Google triangle – and where's Skype, anyway?

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Apple decides to pull the plug off of Google Voice-related apps, supposedly at the request (or a wink and a nod) from AT&T, because the App allows free text messaging and two cent per minute international calls.  The Federal Communications Commission decides this Isn’t Right and has launched an investigation of sorts.

So the [...]

The missing piece in a national broadband policy

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What do you do with voice and the legacy telephone network? Everyone is such a hurry to get to the future that they don’t want to deal with today and tomorrow.

It is time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take a (long overdue) time out and review the current status of the [...]

HD Communications – Jeff Pulver goes to Washington

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Tech and social media pundit Jeff Pulver is penciled in to make a trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 14, to promote the cause of HD Communications.

An agenda for the trip to the nation’s capital is still being finalized, but Pulver is expected to host a social media breakfast centered around HD [...]

What can the Obama Administration do for HD Communications?

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What can the Obama Administration do for HD Communications?  A look back at what Vice President Al Gore did before he won his Nobel Prize provides some clues.

Back in 1994, Al was the point many for “Reinventing Government” As a part of his mission, he put a “date certain” marker down for all [...]

Obama FCC nomintees get their day on Capital Hill

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman nominee Julius Genachowski got the typical Capital Hill posturing lectures today at his confirmation hearing, but appears to be on track to be confirmed with Senate Commerce Committee leadership homing for a confirmation vote before July 4.

Democratic Senators seemed to be more on point to delivery lectures more [...]

If Blair Levin is at the FCC, what might this mean for HD Communications?

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Last week, Blair Levin officially returned to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “help coordinate its development of a national broadband plan,” saith acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps.    But let’s be honest,  Blair probably already had a reserved parking space over there given his involvement in the Obama transition team on tech policy, working [...]