Biography for Jim Barthold
Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, has been around the telecommunications space since advanced engineers used two tin cans and a string to communicate. A longtime freelance writer, he has worked over the years with General Instrument Corp. in public relations, Cable World, Telephony Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Communications Technology Magazine, CED Magazine and a few other publications that have nothing to do with cable TV, as well as a short stint as a senior analyst with NPD Connected Intelligence. An avid golfer, Barthold follows the advice of the professional staff at Running Deer Golf Club and keeps his day job. He can be reached at email@example.com and found on LinkedIn.
Articles by Jim Barthold
Tollgrade has added a software interface to its handheld VBT in-home broadband testing tool that will allow service providers to aggregate and store test results in a central location to ensure compliance with field repair processes.
Canadian IP telco Allstream has introduced a "SIP Gateway" service that it says will help Canadian businesses "save as much as 40 percent compared to traditional voice services."
The U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., has enlisted CenturyLink to help with its voice, data and network telecommunications infrastructure service.
Google Fiber is apparently taking a different twist on the old practice of cherry-picking. Rather than seeking out the deep-pocketed neighborhoods that would line up for its 1 Gbps broadband service, company officials were reportedly heading to Nashville this week to determine how they can bring high-speed access to "neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service," a story in The Tennessean reported.
By agreeing to transition its oversight of domain names and other Internet architecture aspects to the international community, the U.S. is taking a step in the right direction of global, open Internet governance, a spokesman for the secretary general of the United Nations has said.
Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.
Plans by AT&T and Verizon to shut down copper-based networks in favor of VoIP-only service are drawing concerns from consumers who worry that IP-only will interfere with services like burglar alarms, emergencies and fire alarm systems that depend on copper-based services. Some are even worried about losing copper-based Internet connections.
The Association of BellTel Retirees wants Verizon shareholders to support two proxy initiatives it maintains will make senior executives and the board of directors "more accountable to shareholders," the organization said in a press release.
Southern Telecom, Henry County Broadband working together to enhance Atlanta area fiber connectivity
Long haul and metro dark fiber provider Southern Telecom has entered into a strategic partnership with enterprise and commercial services broadband provider Henry County Broadband (HCB) to "provide reciprocal assets and services in the Atlanta, Macon and Henry County, Ga., areas," the two companies said in a press release.
New England CLEC BayRing Communications and New York/New England facilities-based telecom service provider FirstLight Fiber have joined forces to enhance their fiber capabilities within the regional markets they serve throughout New England.