AT&T 3G MicroCell: Awakening Dead Spots at a Price

AT&T 3G MicroCell

AT&T Wireless has admitted that its service is less than reliable in large swaths of urban areas such as New York City and San Francisco, and has promised infrastructure upgrades in those areas in order to address the problems. When AT&T will get around to the service upgrades is anyone's guess. Fortunately, AT&T customers who live or work within dead spots in those cities now have an effective, albeit pricey, hardware device — the $150 AT&T 3G Microcell — that alleviates … [Read more...]

You Should Come to eComm

There are not many things more annoying about working in the communications space than the constant email invitations to big conferences that offer too little for too much. With few exceptions, I don't go to them. One conference I do plan to attend is Emerging Communications America 2010, or as communications insiders call Lee Dryburgh's little but potent get-together, eComm. Some of the more promising sessions at the third annual eComm at the Marriot Hotel at San Francisco … [Read more...]

The WiFi Why Not on Verizon Skype

In the US, the two aging grandads of cellular have been duking it out on TV commercials like a pair of old politicians tied in the polls two weeks before a gubernatorial election. Both claim to be the best of the two at exactly the same things: both have the most extensive data coverage, both have the highest customer satisfaction, both are innovative. And, just like the two old pols, both are full of it. When it comes to coverage, customer satisfaction, and particularly innovation, both are far … [Read more...]

WiFi VoIP Gets Closer as FCC Seeks Public Comment on Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission published an initial draft of proposed new rules (pdf) on Thursday that would, if approved, effectively make net neutrality the law of the land and open the door to WiFi VoIP as never before. The Draft Rules to Preserve the Free and Open Internet seek to codify non-binding policy guidelines in place since 2005 and incorporate rules first elucidated last month by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (pdf) lists six terms that … [Read more...]