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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in December 2004
Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
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.
Sprint's Wholesale Cell Phone Business Gets Popular
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The missing piece in the bundles that telecommunications companies offer consumers is typically cell phone service, which may explain why Sprint Corp. is becoming popular as a reseller of its cell phone service.
Appeals Court Rules VoIP Can't Be Regulated
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
An appeals court agreed with a lower court decision that ruled VoIP is a data service and, as such, can't be regulated by states.
SmartAdvice: ThinkPad Quality Should Continue Under Lenovo
Commentary  |  12/21/2004  | 
Lenovo bought the IBM brand, so it should maintain features, The Advisory Council says. Also, RFID and Internet-based collaboration will help soft-goods companies develop nimble supply chains.
FCC Action Will Encourage Wireless Broadband: WISP
News  |  12/17/2004  | 
FCC action this week will allow both incumbent and competitive telecoms to raise rates, which will encourage migration to WiMAX and similar technologies, a wireless ISP claims.
SmartAdvice: Consider Purchasing Real-Time Collaboration Applications Through An ASP
Commentary  |  12/15/2004  | 
Do enough initial planning to confirm that the model works with your business strategy and IT environment, The Advisory Council says. Also, eliminate unproductive behaviors to increase IT cost savings.
Rumored Nextel, Sprint Merger Raises Unique Issues
News  |  12/10/2004  | 
The two firms reportedly attempt to sort out the challenges of merging infrastructure and spectrum allocations.
SmartAdvice: Do Up-Front Analysis To Make Sure The Linux Desktop Suits Your Work Environment
Commentary  |  12/9/2004  | 
Before migrating desktops to Linux, consider integration headaches and whether initial licensing savings will be offset by reduced vendor support, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan for change management so the words 'scope creep' don't strike fear into your heart during new projects.
Congress Chops $50 Million For E-Health-Care Funding
News  |  12/8/2004  | 
National health-care IT director says $50 million shortfall could put electronic health-records plan in jeopardy.
Treasury Picks AT&T For IP Network
News  |  12/7/2004  | 
A new high-speed, IP-based network will connect more than 1,000 domestic locations and tens of thousands of users in the United States and overseas.
IBM Inks $1 Billion Voice And Data Deal With Lloyds
News  |  12/6/2004  | 
High-capacity fiber network for voice, data, and video will cut Lloyds bandwidth costs and let it offer new high-bandwidth apps.
A Phone Number For Life
News  |  12/6/2004  | 
A New England telecom-services provider pushes on the telecom market with one-price lifetime voice-over-IP package
Langa Letter: Norton Antivirus And The Single-Layer Defense Fallacy
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
A simple hack can disable Norton's script blocker. Fred Langa's solution not only works around that problem, but many others as well.
SmartAdvice: Consider Business-Activity Monitoring, But Stick With Proven Technologies
Commentary  |  12/2/2004  | 
Now's the time for a midsize company to implement business-activity monitoring, but don't be too innovative since the technology is rapidly changing, The Advisory Council says. Also, consider organizational and security issues before selecting log-analysis software; and evaluate your needs before deciding whether Solaris or Linux will suit better than Windows.
MCI Debuts Hosted Data Security Service
News  |  12/1/2004  | 
Enhanced Smart Backup is an alternative to traditional tape-based backup and uses disk-to-disk technology.

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