The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For May 18, 2006
New Barriers for VoIP
The state public utility commissions have traditionally had the
reputation of being in the hip pockets of the telephone and
electric companies that they regulate. While some state
commissions have changed that perception and are now viewed as
pro-competition and pro-consumer, others have perpetuated it. As
I write this column, the...
Barton-Rush Bill Not 'An Elegant Solution'
The piecemeal approach to a rewrite of the '96 Telecom Act took a
controversial turn with the proposal of the Communications,
Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006 in late March. The work of
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Texas,
and Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the bill makes way for a national video
No Hope Yet for Vodafone to Grab SFR
Vivendi has rejected a shareholder proposal to break up the
company in what would have created an opportunity for Vodafone to
buy the shares it does not already own in French mobile operator
SFR. Vodafone owns 44% of the firm, which holds about 36% of the
French mobile market, while Vivendi controls a 56% stake. Vivendi
China Mobile in Talks with Google
HONG KONG -- China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., China's largest
cell-phone carrier by subscribers, said Thursday it's in talks
with Google Inc. to launch an Internet search engine for mobile
services in China. China Mobile is keen to explore mobile data
services to offset declining revenue from the traditional voice
RIM, IBM Collaborate on Mobility
Research In Motion (RIM) and IBM see a collective opportunity to
enhance mobility in the enterprise space by further integrating
RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Solution with IBM Lotus Domino.
Initially, the companies plan to offer IBM Lotus Domino directly
to BlackBerry devices. The goal, according to the companies, is
to give customers...
BT Ready To Mesh The Masses
BT, stepping up its plans to create "wireless cities" across the
U.K., says it's reached agreements with a dozen jurisdictions to
blanket those municipalities with a Wi- Fi mesh, with work on the
first six to start imminently. The project will, unsurprisingly,
be the largest mesh deployment in the U.K. BT is working with
Intel as its...
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