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IETF 86 / RTCWEB Session 1 – in progress

DataChannel-Jesup

IETF 86 / RTCWEB – Randall Jesup coming up

A note from MeetEcho allowing remote access to the meeting…

Dear all,

a virtual room has been reserved on the Meetecho system for the
RTCWEB WG meeting session.
Access to the on-line session (including audio and video streams) will
be available (just a couple of minutes before session start time) at:
http://www.meetecho.com/ietf86/rtcweb

The Meetecho session automatically logs you into the standard IETF
jabber room. So, from there, you can have an integrated experience
involving all media and allowing you to interact with the room.

A tutorial of interactivity features of the tool can be found at:
http://www.meetecho.com/ietf86

Cheers,
the Meetecho Team

International Lypp conference call services now in 20+ countries including the United Kingdom

Just a quick post… We quietly launched our International service for Lypp teleconferencing this evening. Users from Australia, UK, Germany and many more countries, can now sign-up and start using Lypp teleconferencing. Existing and new users in North America can also now include participants from 20+ countries. We only charge you for minutes you use and there are NO additional long distance costs if you use the outbound calling feature.

Since Lypp calls you and your attendees there is little or no need for an International Toll Free number. Use the Lypp for Outlook Add-in or the Lypp.com website and simply set it and forget it. Lypp notifies and calls everyone for you at the time of the meeting. The only thing you have to remember is to answer the phone when it rings.

Yes, Conference Calls and now International Conference Calls are just that simple at Lypp.

Apple activation servers cave as iPhone 3G buyers come out in droves

It happening all over North America. As engadget reports, iTunes activations have once again reached epic proportions and have lead to system-wide shutdown of iPhone Activations.

Rogers in Canada is also suffering from the ill effects of a ‘not so well’ thought-out activation system and it would seem this could also be related to iTunes. Although, some are saying different.

No matter how you slice it, at least from a sales perspective, this will be remembered as a major success for Rogers and Apple. If you are selling that many phones, life is grand.

Toll Teleconferencing is now being taxed by USAC. InterCall appeals and loses?

In recent rulings the FCC has ordered certain Conference Call service providers to start paying into the controversial USF (Universal Service Fund). InterCall (the largest Conference Service Provider) has appealed, apparently unsuccessfully.

Excerpt from FCC 08-160
Adopted: June 27,2008 Released: June 30, 2008
By the Commission:
I. INTRODUCTION
1. In this order, we deny in part and grant in part a request for review filed by InterCall, Inc.
(InterCall) of a Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) decision finding that the audio
bridging services offered by InterCall are “toll teleconferencing” services and that InterCall must
contribute directly to the universal service fund (USF) based on revenues from these services.

As discussed more fully below, the audio bridging services InterCall provides are equivalent to
teleconferencing services and are “telecommunications” under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act) and the Universal Service First Report and Order. Providers of these services must contribute directly to the USF based onrevenues from these services; therefore, we deny InterCall’s request to reverse USAC’s decision in this respect. We, however, grant InterCall’s request and reverse USAC’s decision requiring InterCall to contribute based on past revenues. Instead, InterCall must contribute directly to the USF beginning as of the calendar quarter immediately following the next scheduled FCC Form 499-Q filing after the release date of this order. We further direct USAC to ensure that all similarly situated audio bridging service providers contribute directly to the USF beginning as of this same time frame.

This is interesting for us CSPs (Conference Service Providers) to say the least and it’s likely going to get very interesting for those CSPs who are charging for toll teleconferencing. What this order basically says is that if a CSP is charging for toll conference calls (user has to dial into a local exchange) that revenue is subject to USF taxation.

This could be viewed as another win for Alex cory’s group ala FreeConference.com. They get paid via the USF and other providers have to pay into it, ironic and somewhat comical. Well, you know what they say, if you can’t beat’em, join’em.

Here is the entire document regarding InterCall’s appeal.

Telecom Intermission – Ode to Kyler & Theodore Lagerway

We have been working pretty hard on the next release of Lypp, which we believe will turn a few heads. We are at that point where I just need to let Mike do his thing.

There is nothing better than your 3 year old son’s birthday (yesterday) to snap you out of work mode for a couple of days.

Kyler sitting with his Opa and Oma - Kootenay Lake '07

To say our first son Ky is, “full of life” would be an major understatement. I have never seen this much energy in any kid. One thing’s for sure, It keeps me young and I would not trade it for anything. It’s pretty cool to see his character and personality develop, it’s almost like being a father to yourself.

Speaking of fathers, Kyler is in good company. He shares his birthday with his Opa (Dutch for Grandpa), my dad. My father is the man I admire the most on this planet and the one person who has had the greatest influence in my life. If it weren’t for him I likely would have never started my first business. He is always there, no matter what.

So, I dedicate this brief post to Kyler Christen Lagerway, my first son on his 3rd birthday and my father Theodore Lagerway, on his 78th birthday. If ever you find yourself in need, I will be there, without fail.

Home baked SEO lands Lypp.com on page 1 of Google

As a guest contributor for Techvibes I recently wrote a story about my journey through the land of SEO. It is my quest to make Lypp the number 1 conference call service in North America. I knew SEO would play a huge part.

I managed to take lypp.com from page 61 to page 1 in 7 weeks for key word phrase “conference call” on both google.com and google.ca. No small feat considering there are nearly 60 million results for that term on both sites.

You can read the entire story at Techvibes.

Moved to Wordpress

I simply can’t take it anymore. MT has officially fallen WAY behind. I have moved the blog over to wordpress.

There is a new feed URL:

http://sipthat.com/feed

Hopefully I didn’t lose any of you in the transition.

Cheers,
Erik

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