Atkinson bought 100 videotapes of pre-recorded movies from Magnetic Video’s Video Club of America, a first-of-its-kind mail-order entertainment distributor, and prepared, knowingly or not, to wreak havoc on the entertainment industry.
Rapid service innovation is enabled by today’s advanced communications networks and fueled by aggressive competition. But while new services are an asset of differentiation, they are also creating an operational expense (opex) explosion that has become a CSP’s most pressing challenge.
Everything from F-connector specifications to DOCSIS has been vetted and agreed to by industry. Imagine the consumer confusion and extra costs associated if each manufacturer or service provider were to use proprietary connectors.
The FCC reports that Caller ID-spoofer NobelBiz Inc., for example, offers a Local Touch service that enables its telemarketing and debt collection clients to place calls from anywhere while transmitting CPNs (calling party numbers) that make it appear to call recipients that they are receiving local calls.
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There remain impediments to getting premium content on more devices in more places. One of the most important is assuring that the person consuming the content is, in fact, the person entitled to watch it.
Last year, the business services divisions of Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable rang up more than $1 billion each in commercial services revenue, with cell backhaul providing significant chunks of those revenues.
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Level 3's network neutrality argument was novel, but it failed to convince the final arbiter, the FCC, which in February sided with Comcast.
Being able to tell the difference is not a prerequisite for wanting the best.
If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn’t distribute water the way we always have. We wouldn’t rely so much on centralized collection and processing points, but instead would move water collection and treatment closer to the end user.
While you won’t find anything in Feynman’s book on cable technology, the lessons will provide some guidance on how to approach learning and reacting to others who might not agree with you on the job.
Just as the customer experience is the key differentiator in the residential sector, the same is true for grabbing market share from incumbent providers as SMBs move from disjointed voice and messaging services to IP-based unified communications and integrated IT capabilities.
Looking at the cable downstream spectrum these days is like looking at an all-you-can-eat buffet of services. There’s something for everybody.
You remember a la carte. It was the goal of former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Cable subscribers should not be forced to pay for a ton of cable channels they never watch.