Kenton Group Newsletter

March 2012 - Volume 10 Issue 3

Jim Moehnke - Editor

FROM THE EDITOR

APRIL FOOL! Definitely one of my favorite "Holidays", although not one of the kind where you get a day off work, but in the same category as Halloween (but you don't have to dress up in some silly costume) or Groundhog Day - but it is one day to have some serious FUN especially with your kids or grandkids!

And since March seems to have been kind of a slow "News" month, I have chosen a collection of April Fools day sites with really, really good ideas to make your day as the "Top News" for this edition of the Kenton Group newsletter.

And for those of you that are NOT inclined to be the JOK-ER but (like me) usually end up as the JOK-EE you may just want to  refresh yourself with things to be AWARE of - (so you don't get a "Kick Me" sign on your back!

Have fun (but don't forget to peruse the March Telecom news, too! (I'm assuming that you are reading this while at work, right??? (and watch your back - the "day" is on Sunday this year and may come a day early - or late)

 

Editor Jim

 

TOP NEWS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook's IPO is likely to happen in May
Facebook's initial public offering is said to be down to its final amendments, with the Securities and Exchange Commission expected to set a May date. Facebook's IPO is expected to raise up to $10 billion. The Wall Street Journal (3/28)

 

JUST INTERESTING STUFF

CenturyLink's Qwest sets $500 million in debt buyback
CenturyLink's Qwest unit has made a move to reduce its interest payments and refinance existing debt by offering to buy back up to $500 million in debt series due in 2015 and 2016, the company has announced. Qwest said it will finance the offering with either existing cash or using a revolving credit facility to raise money. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/21)

ESPN, Verizon offer app for "March Madness" basketball tourney
FiOS TV subscribers will get to closely follow the NCAA basketball tournament on their phones, PCs, tablets and televisions through a free "Tournament Challenge" application being offered by ESPN and Verizon Communications. The app was developed by Ensequence. ESPN attracted almost 6.5 million entries last year in its annual "Tournament Challenge" contest. Multichannel News (3/14)

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?

It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.

HBR Blog Network By Tony Schwartz (3/14)

AT&T will spend $250M in grants to help keep students in school
AT&T today will announce an initiative in which the telecom will contribute $250 million to schools in the way of $100,000 to $300,000 grants to reduce the number of students dropping out of school. The company said it decided to launch AT&T Aspire after hearing calls for greater corporate giving, adding that the carrier targeted student dropouts because it is an increasing national concern. "What this is and what we hope it to be is a real wake-up call," said Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. San Francisco Chronicle (3/19)

Amazon and Google stream movies before they reach theaters
Amazon Instant Video is offering video-on-demand customers a 48-hour rental of "The Hunter" for $9.99, a few weeks before the movie hits the big screen. Google is doing the same with the film and another, "Dark Tide." Home Media Magazine (3/16)

Utah ruling sets new standard for taxing cloud services
States are discovering that the mass transition to the cloud -- and the e-commerce that has accompanied it -- are diverting millions of dollars in tax revenue into the limbo of cyberspace. A handful of states have sought to rectify the issue, but analysts say a new ruling in Utah could represent a paradigm shift in the way taxes are levied on Internet-based services elsewhere. In February, the state ruled that all fee-based Web services are subject to sales tax, regardless of whether the software was downloaded or accessed via a cloud. Network World (3/28)

Telecoms tell Congress: No new regs to fight cyberthreats
Telecom executives testified Wednesday that new regulations contained in proposed legislation aimed at fighting cyberthreats were not necessary. Witnesses from AT&T, CenturyLink, MetroPCS and Research in Motion told a House subcommittee that instead of imposing new rules on ISPs, lawmakers should ease regulations to allow companies to share information about cyberthreats and provide incentives to ISPs to develop security procedures. "I don't think there's an agency in a position to solve a problem that we can't solve ourselves," said Edward Amoroso, AT&T's chief security officer. Government Computer News (3/7),

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Verizon, NEC push data speed to 21.7 terabits per second
Verizon Communications and NEC Corp. of America reported that they were able to transmit data at up to 21.7 terabits per second under field conditions. The successful trial was conducted on 934 miles of standard single-mode field fiber, using Verizon's network in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the companies said. Vision2Mobile.com (3/13),

More employers warm to telemedicine as home care drives growth
Technologies that enable patients to receive remote care in their homes will represent the fastest-growing segment of the telehealth industry, according to a recent study from BCC Research that forecasts the so-called telehome segment will expand at an annual rate of 22.5% through 2016. A separate survey from the consulting firm Mercer found that telemedicine is getting a boost from the business community, with 11% of large employers reporting that they have embraced remote care as part of their employee health packages, and an additional 38% saying they are looking into doing so. iHealthBeat (3/19),

Cisco CEO: We're committed to video
Cisco Systems' leaders are assuring employees and the network-gear industry that it intends to propel its video strategy forward and has made a "huge commitment" to advancing its technologies. "This is right now our sweet spot for where we want to go," CEO John Chambers said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/24)

Innovation drives a path to the modern power grid
The time has come for the traditional grid to be replaced by one that is more intelligent, efficient and flexible, writes Ivan Gatchev of STMicroelectronics in this technical article, noting that utilities and governments alike are embracing the idea. Gatchev discusses the vitality of such technologies as automatic meter reading, automatic meter management and the power line modem. EE Times (3/5)

USDA advances $25 million in grants for rural smart-grid projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $25 million in grants to rural electric cooperatives in eight states to help further their smart-grid projects. The funding -- which is earmarked for utilities in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee -- is part of a $250 million commitment from the USDA to promote smart-grid technologies. San Diego Business Journal (3/18)

FTTX/FTTH/BROADBAND NEWS

The National Broadband Plan turns 2
On the second anniversary of the release of the National Broadband Plan, Telecompetitor interviewed Blair Levin, who led the $20 million effort to produce the document. He noted that Congress has authorized the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a voluntary incentive auction of broadcast spectrum for mobile-broadband use, a proposal first contained in the plan. On the other hand, the difficulties of LightSquared have shown the challenges inherent in trying to reclaim existing spectrum for mobile broadband, according to Levin. Telecompetitor.com (3/15)

Broadband players turn to caching
Broadband providers are delving deeper into caching technologies as a way to reduce costs and save on network bandwidth given increasing data loads primarily from video content. Frontier Communications is adopting new cache technology to cut backhaul traffic while also boosting the user experience. Telecompetitor.com (3/28)

FairPoint expands broadband base
FairPoint Communications reported an increase in broadband Internet subscribers for the fourth quarter of 2011 -- a total of 24,000 -- as its penetration of its high-speed service increased to 30.4% of its voice-access lines in use. Fourth-quarter revenue slipped slightly to $254.2 million from $268 million in the comparable year-earlier period. American City Business Journals/Charlotte, N.C. (3/8),

Sprint walks away from LightSquared deal
Sprint has pulled out of a $9 billion deal with LightSquared. "Due to ... unresolved issues ... Sprint has elected to exercise its right to terminate the agreement announced last summer," said a Sprint spokesman, who noted the company would be open to future agreements with LightSquared if it managed to rectify these issues. CNNMoney (3/16)

VOIP/IPTV NEWS

VoIP provider MagicJack is said to be ready to enter black
MagicJack VocalTec is expected to report its first profit this week, according to analysts who predict consumers are turning to VoIP providers as part of cost-cutting moves in a still-recovering economy. "They're going from losing money last year to starting to generate good cash flow this year," said John Gualy, of Eagle Global Advisors. Bloomberg (3/11)

TDS advances its IPTV market-expansion strategy
TDS Telecom has debuted an all-digital, 240-channel IPTV service in Tennessee, and that's just the start of a plan to add 18 markets in the future. Telecompetitor.com (3/20)

All eyes are on Netflix as original programming takes root
Hollywood's movers and shakers are closely watching the progress of Netflix as the online content provider moves closer to becoming a true industry powerhouse, but how fast the company will get there and what will happen when it does remain something of a mystery. The streaming provider -- which spends more money each year to license content and will owe about $2 billion in licensing fees through 2015 -- is pushing ahead with an original-programming strategy, but it says homegrown content is still a very small portion of its overall budget. Variety (subscription required) (3/20)

WIRELESS NEWS

Sprint sees possible 4G iPhone, is open to DISH spectrum deal
Sprint Nextel may introduce an iPhone that supports Long-Term Evolution service this year, Chief Financial Officer Joseph Euteneuer said at an analyst conference Tuesday, noting that Sprint's contract with Apple contains no provisions related to minimum coverage. The carrier plans to bring LTE to six markets by midyear. Euteneuer also said Sprint would be open to an agreement with DISH Network related to the cache of wireless spectrum the satellite provider holds, either by buying frequencies or by playing host to a DISH-branded service. Reuters (3/27), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/27)

Verizon Wireless ready to answer Senate on spectrum deal
Verizon Wireless will defend its multibillion-dollar spectrum buy and related marketing agreement with cable companies before a Senate antitrust subcommittee in which the carrier will argue that the deal would provide the industry with an essential need -- spectrum -- without crimping competition. The telecom will also likely face questions over the deal's cross-marketing arrangements in which Verizon will resale cable service in non-FiOS TV areas and the cable companies will sell Verizon's wireless service. Bloomberg (3/21),

WHITE PAPERS & OTHER RESOURCES

USTelecom Spotlight

 What is Internet peering?
USTelecom's free webinar, available on demand, explains Internet peering and how the largest ISPs, CDNs and content providers scale their connectivity to the Internet. Using research from his recently published book, William Norton provides insight into whether peering at the core of the Internet makes sense for your network. Attendees receive a discount for the book. Watch now -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

QUOTE(S) OF THE MONTH

I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?"

--Joan Baez,
American singer


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There is a time for work. And there is time for love. That leaves no other time."

--Coco Chanel,
French fashion designer


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