IBM employees play with podcasting

What do you
get when you hand 320,000 employees the tools and corporate podcasting
guidelines to internally publish their audio creations? In IBM Corp.’s
experience, lower phone bills and better, more informal internal
communication.

Lower phone bills are surely a by product, the increased sharing of key information is the most important element of this story in ITWorld.

There are still an awfull lot of people who don’t know what a podcast is, but it’s a positive message that it’s being imbraced.

I’ve subscribed to the Telcom’s podcast channel, so I get all the Telecom industry conf calls that get recorded in MP3 and other shows.

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ITU refuses to accept net governance agreement

"The internet need not be one Net controlled by one centre," he said.
"Regionalisation has already started and I suspect in a few years, the
simile of the internet will be a quite different one."

Is what the  ITU secretary-general Yoshio Utsumi said as the IGF summit ended.

And this is what the register said about it.

The statement is a depressing pointer to the fact that the four-year
debate on net governance, which ended in agreement on Tuesday with only
hours to go, may have achieved very little. Utsumi effectively said
that the international consensus reached was the wrong one.

In the early days of the net, the ITU saw the network as an extension
of the international telephone network that it oversees. It foresaw –
and heavily pushed – the image of a network where governments and
telephone companies controlled the means of access, something that
would have resulted in enormous connection charges and greatly reduced
individual freedom on the Net.

What with Net Neutrality and this regionalisation proposed by the ITU it appears the net is under some serious scrutiny right now.

My view is that for the economic benefit of those nations that use the internet it must be kept free of the constraints that certain people want to impose on it. Those people are the ones loosing  money to businesses that have grown via the innovation that the net promotes.

Intelligence at the edge must prevail to encourage innovation and growth. Those people just need to look at the glass as half full not half empty all the time.

But behind all this. I bet the mesh network guys are licking their lips at the prospect of creating a backbone free (read Telco free) network.

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another King Ed post

I first started reading about this over at Telepocalypse, but I heard Adam mention it a few days/weeks back in one of his podcasts. But here’s the full article from Business Week.


The Internet can’t be free in that sense, because we and the cable
companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! (YHOO
) or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!

I think King Ed has got it a bit messed up. For the traditional Goolge and Yahoo web pages (the WWW application) it’s the consumer that pays Ed for the right to access them and Ed get’s that broadband revenue. Voice is just another application to be used as email is an application.

Does he want to charge email providers for using his pipes too?

Guide to Telecom ‘05 Hype

Some leading CTOs spoke both in panels and interviews with Light Reading
here at Telecom ’05. For the technologically impaired, here I hope to
spell out what some of these technologies are being promoted to do,
what some service providers think of them, and what they will likely
become
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This is a great post by LR. Very interesting reading.

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