The tech elders convened as a group of friends to work on a roadmap for the gigabit age continues to grow (see below).
Tech elders so far:
John Perry Barlow, lyricist and activist
Mark Cuban, founder, AXS TV
Tim Draper, founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Tom Evslin, founder & former, CEO ITXC
Dave Farber, Professor Emeritus, CMU and Board Member ISOC
Charlie Giancarlo, Sr Advisor, Silver Lake
George Gilder, author
John Gilmore, activist
Brett Glass, founder of first Wireless ISP
Doug Humphrey, co-founder Digex, Cidera
Bryan Martin, Chairman and CTO, 8×8
Joe McMillen, founder, Complex Drive
Scott McNealy, co-founder, SUN Microsystems
Bob Metcalfe, Professor, University of Texas and inventor of Ethernet
Ray Ozzie, founder, Talko and Lotus Notes
Jeff Pulver, co-founder, Zula and Vonage
Michael Robertson, founder, CEO, MP3.com
Les Vadasz, former EVP, Intel
It’s most likely that you, like myself, can’t just fly to DC for such events, no matter how interesting the gathering. However, the fact that this event is being streamed by the Internet Society makes it considerably more accessible. Thus it’s an invitation well worth sharing.
However, like the CNet & Ooma interview from June 2012, the production of the interview is done completely ignoring the possibility of using HDVoice to craft the podcast itself. I’m sure that this was a simple matter of choosing convenience over all else on the part of the IEEE staff.
Not long ago I mentioned the Nova project being launched by Dan Berninger and FWD. I was curious at what kind of uptake he was seeing at the FWD web site (http://www.siptosip.net) Dan responded that he’s had around 400 people fill out the application form, but has accepted only about 20% of the applicants. Therefore there are some spaces left in the planned 100 seat trial.
I’m a little surprised that the interest has been that solid, but pleased as well. It’s an interesting experiment. The very fact that recent VUC post call sessions have run into 6+ hours kinda reinforces the fact that such shared conference capabilities do hold some interest and value.
Earlier this week Dan Berninger, CEO of the newly formed HDConnect trade group offered up another guest post on Jeff Pulver’s blog. In this post, entitled “Telecom Turnaround,” Dan outlines the decline in demand for traditional voice services over the past decade. He also hints at the typical arguments that nay-sayers offer against wideband telephony. It’s all good stuff.
There’s something that I’d like to add to what Dan puts forward. By whatever name it’s known, HDVoice, HD VoIP, or simply wideband telephony…improved call quality is only the beginning. When voice is just another application on an IP network there are a many advantages that can be realized. Improved call quality is just the first benefit that we’ll see (hear?), and possibly the easiest to sell both to the public and regulators.