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 Paul Kapustka

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Analysis: How Real Are Microsoft's Live Video, Voice?

A Microsoft executive this week gave the first public demonstration of a PC running the Live Mail client, during which he initiated a video call by clicking on an icon in the software's contact list. Although he was clear that the tools are still in beta, the demo was limited all around.

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Former FCC Head Powell: Washington Is 'Broken'

Michael Powell, speaking at a conference this week, says the level of partisanship is the worst in decades, making it impossible to get anything accomplished. "When your major objective is to make sure the other team fails… that's not policy making, that's like rugby."

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Let The Good (Networking) Times Roll--Again

Cisco CEO John Chambers told an audience of primarily financial analysts that recent advances in technology, combined with a changed mindset among business leaders to grow their businesses, should lead to sustained growth in many communications markets.

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WiMax Not Cheap Or Easy, Carriers Say

The costs of implementing the new wireless technology are still too steep for widespread deployment, say carriers who have WiMax trials underway--which could mean it will be a while before it's a viable option for most enterprises.

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FCC Seeks New Bureau For Disaster Management

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin proposed the creation of a new internal bureau inside the agency to coordinate the planning and response actions during national disasters, as part of the agency’s response to communications failures in the face of Hurricane Katrina.

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FCC Nominees On The Way

Analysts at Legg Mason see Bush aides, Southern pols as potential FCC nominees, with announcements on the way soon -- along with a possible confirmation struggle.

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Stevens' Staffer Kurth Withdraws From FCC Bid

Senate Commerce committee staffer Christine Kurth, one of the leading candidates for nomination to the Federal Communications Commission, has withdrawn from consideration due to potential conflicts of interest with her husband's telecom consulting business.

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Vonage To Make 911 An 'Opt-Out' Option

Under fire for its lack of a comprehensive solution for emergency 911 services, Voice over IP leader Vonage Holdings Corp. said it will change its registration process to make 911 services an opt-out rather than an opt-in option.

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Cisco's Chambers Touts Integrated Security

After years of telling customers that it was necessary to integrate security into their network infrastructures, Cisco CEO John Chambers could finally talk about a product that did just that in a single rack unit.

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Calif. PUC To Withdraw Appeal Of FCC's Vonage Order

Voice-over-IP proponents on the California Public Utilities Commission made good on their pledge to withdraw the commission's original motion to appeal the FCC's Vonage Order, meaning that California's influential public utilities board no longer opposes the idea of federal-only regulation of VoIP.

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Vonage Being Blocked -- Again

Vonage Holdings Corp. said it is investigating a new potential incident of its Voice over IP service being blocked, this time by a cable television company that also provides Internet services.

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AOL Announces VoIP Service Minus Details

"Welcome! You've got VoIP." That was the message from America Online via the VON Spring 2005 conference, where chief executive Jon Miller officially announced the "AOL Internet Phone Service," with pricing and availability details to follow in the next 30 days.

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Vonage Complaining Of VoIP 'Blocking'

Leading Voice over IP service provider Vonage Holdings has complained to the Federal Communications Commission that competitors are blocking the use of its service, according to FCC chairman Michael Powell and others close to the company.

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Powell To Leave FCC In March

His successor is expected to continue the FCC's current direction of less telecom regulation instead of more, especially in regards to new technologies like voice over IP.

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Intercarrier Compensation Next On FCC's Radar

Like a cafeteria cook trying to keep the kitchen as clean as possible, the Federal Communications Commission next week will take its first steps at trying to reform intercarrier compensation rules, trying to minimize the impact of what one FCC staffer calls the impending "big food fight" over telecom access fees.

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Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe

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.

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