LONDON -- Cisco’s Worldwide Government Affairs team is pleased to welcome our two newest team members, Eleni and Alicia Allan, born last Saturday morning to the Richard Allan family. Richard is our Manager of Government Affairs based in London and, as a former Member of Parliament in the UK, he states, “As evidence that there is higher productivity in the private sector: while in 10 years of life in the political world previously there were precisely 0 babies in the Allan household.” See Richard’s bio.Congratulations to Richard and family and we look forward to meeting the new Allan ladies soon.
SAN JOSE, CA -- I recommend a recent interesting post on Tech Trader Daily. This is a blog on technology investing written from Palo Alto, CA, started and primarily written by Barron’s West Coast Editor Eric J. Savitz and (while Savitz is on vacation) currently subbed by long-time technology reporter Tiernan Ray.Here’s the kicker: “Ebay has added Google Checkout to the list of payment types users aren’t supposed to use…” yet eBAY author and blogger Scott Wingo says, “This is eBay flexing their trust and safety muscles to control the way sellers take credit cards…if they feel it starts to infringe on the PayPal asset. It’s ironic they would do this here, and in the same breath go to Congress and fight the Net Neutrality battle. You can’t fight for an open internet one day and then implement policies that close the walled garden the next.”Read the full posting here.
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PARIS, FRANCE -- (In spirit) -- France is in the news quite a bit these days. All the world is talking about the famous French World Cup headbutt heard around the world. Lip-readers have been hired to determine was was said* and apologies have been issued, however the World Cup still resides in Rome. Also in the news today is Bastille Day. On this same day in 1789 a movement for freedom was started when the famous prison was stormed by the French citizenry. It was an attack to the core of French royalty. The French Revolution had begun and now we have the French Republic.This blog entry is clearly about broadband. Why? Because broadband is also a revolution. It is a revolution from static, cookie-cutter information. Broadband is about anytime, anywhere information. Broadband is a personalized communication revolution. With broadband, you can have your information how you want it, when you want, where you want it and in what form you want it. Traditional, royal information fed to us via print is slowly fading away. Broadband is managing businesses, managing supply chains and managing financial markets. It is a management tool and a time-saving tool, as well as a consumer information tool. Just as the French royalty could not stop the French Revolution, so too will traditional communications not be able to stop the steady onslaught of the Broadband Revolution.As it is Bastille Day and we’re talking about broadband, I would encourage you to read a previous blog entry from my colleague in Paris, Olivier Esper. He writes about how France is also a leader in the broadband revolution.So, Happy Bastille Day and Happy Communications Revolution.*Lip readers have conjectured that Italian defender Marco Materazzi said something along the lines of “your mother and sister wear Army boots” (or some such). My thesis is that Materazzi actually said, “Italian broadband via FastWeb and Italtel is better than French broadband.” Those indeed could be head-butting words. : )
SAN JOSE -- CA -- So, after the 11-11 vote in the Senate Commerce Committee recently I had intended to lay low on this issue for awhile, but I am compelled to draw your attention to an article entitled “Tangled Net” by Drew Clark in the July 8th edition of the National Journal. If you are not a subscriber to the magazine (you should be) you can access his in depth article on net neutrality here.Two points about the article:1) The quote that really crystallizes the whole issue for me quite succinctly is from my colleague in DC, Jeff Campbell. Jeff blogs from time to time on this site as well and directs our telecom policy efforts in Washington. The great quote is this: “The Bells ‘want the freedom to be able to negotiate commercial deals,’ said Jeff Campbell, director of technology and communications policy for Cisco. ‘It is called capitalism, it has been very good to this country, and we would like to continue it.’” (This is what the title of this blog alludes to…)and, (minor point)2) He characterizes our CEO, John Chambers, as having strong opposition to Technet’s net neutrality position (TechNet is the high-tech trade association founded by Chambers, John Doerr and Jim Barksdale -- www.technet.org). In fact, he did write early letters to Congressional leadership stating our position, but did not weigh into the TechNet position.Regardless, it is a good piece and you should check it out if you are interested in this issue.