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Google on Markey net neutrality bill:let's stop the "gatekeepers"

Google on Markey net neutrality bill:let's stop the "gatekeepers"

Without mentioning Comcast's broadband Internet throttling by name, Google's Public Policy analyst and blogger Derek Slater has just made a post resoundingly in favor of the net neutrality legislation introduced this week by Congressmen Ed Markey and Chip Pickering:Today, Rep. Ed Markey and Chip Pickering introduced bipartisan legislation to help preserve Internet freedom and explicitly make "net neutrality" a guiding principle of U.

published February 14, 2008 by

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Comcast, other cable IP phone providers complain to FCC over Verizon's "retention marketing" tactics

Comcast, other cable IP phone providers complain to FCC over Verizon's "retention marketing" tactics

Cable television broadband Internet access and VoIP providers Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have filed a complaint with the FCC against Verizon.The complaint alleges that Verizon takes improper "retention marketing" steps to retain customers that have committed to try VoIP services offered by the three cable companies filing the dispute.

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Vonage's immediate future: debt re-fi, more patent trolls

Vonage's immediate future: debt re-fi, more patent trolls

Our own Larry Dignan has been looking at Vonage's year-end financial report, and points out Vonage's debt issues.Noting Vonage's patent infringement settlement payments for more than $200 million for the year, Larry notes that:To wit: Vonage had $190 million in cash, marketable securities and restricted cash as of Dec.

published February 14, 2008 by

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Why so few Skype WiMAX phones? Here's the answer

Why so few Skype WiMAX phones? Here's the answer

Brian Dolan of Fierce Wireless notes that Skype's gm of mobile and hardware devices Gareth O'Loughlin, is wondering just where all the Skype-compatible WiMAX devices are at this year's Mobile World Congress closing out today in Barcelona.Brian makes the point that this lack of Skype WiMax isn't due to the tried-and-true reasoning that carriers view alternative channels to cell as cannibalistic to their traditional business models and reflexively defend these business models.

published February 13, 2008 by

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