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“I Support Net Neutrality…When It is Convenient”

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.

Cisco Government Affairs Blog New E-Mail Feature

SAN JOSE, CA – For those of you who don’t like your RSS feeder or simply want to let others who don’t have RSS subscribe to this blog, you can now do this. As of today, we’ve added an e-mail subscription option on the front page of this blog.Put in your e-mail address and you’ll get an e-mail (or “an internet” if you prefer) to confirm your subscription and then you’ll get blog entries going forward…until you want to unsubscribe, which I’m sure you don’t want to do.Thanks for reading.

Happy Bastille Day: Vive La France

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. : )

Net Neutrality: “What it is REALLY All About”

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 – 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.

Email Anywhere (kind of)

LONDON – The British love mobile messaging, sending 3.3 billion mobile messages a month, or nearly two messages per person per day, according to this article in The Register. The particular form of mobile messaging used is, of course, SMS, and it can cost around 10 pence (nearly 20 US cents) per message, though is now often sold in bundled packages that work out much cheaper.There are clearly some very attractive features to this form of messaging. It is expected to be instant, the format necessarily keeps messages short enough to read quickly, the cost creates some form of barrier to inappropriate use, and it has great authentication as you see exactly which number a message is from when you receive it. On the down side, it generally has to be sent on fiddly keys (though T9 is a really interesting way to help with this), and there is the cost again which can be an extraordinary sum to pay to send a very small amount of data.As we see fixed/mobile convergence gathering pace, it will be interesting to see what happens with email/SMS convergence. The mobile messaging solutions that appeal to a mass SMS-using community, such as we have in the UK, will have to take into account existing habits and experiences.