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Senate rejects effort to overturn net neutrality rules

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The Senate on Thursday voted to block an effort to repeal the FCC's net neutrality rules for wireless and wired networks, the latest step in a series of legal and congressional maneuvers around the regulations. The vote, which fell along party lines, was 52-46 to reject a resolution to overturn the rules. The House passed a mainly symbolic measure in April to repeal the rules, which were published in the Federal Register in September after months of delay. Republicans want to repeal the rules, arguing that they are overly burdensome to telecommunications and wireless companies and that the FCC does not have the legal authority to enforce them. Democrats and the White House have defended the rules, and the Senate defeat of the resolution was cheered by public interest groups that have supported the regulations. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Technology committee, said that companies had helped shape the regulations. "These rules are the product of hard work, consensus and compromise," Rockefeller said in a statement. "So at the end of the day, the FCC's light-touch approach to network neutrality prevailed, and that is a good thing." Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has sued to block the rules, arguing that they are unnecessary and that the FCC does not have the authority to make the rules. The rules were first passed by the FCC on a party-line 3-2 vote in December 2010 after months of contentious debate. Some supporters of net neutrality--particularly those at public interest groups--urged the FCC to enact stricter rules and reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service to give the FCC more authority over the topic, which the commission did not do. Under the FCC's rules, wireless carriers are barred from blocking services such as Google Voice and Skype that compete with their own voice and video offerings, as well as those in which they have an attributable interest. However, wireless carriers would not face the same restrictions wired operators will on blocking Web traffic and other applications--a ban on unreasonable discrimination in transmitting lawful network traffic. For more:- see this WSJ article (sub. req.)- see this Washington Post articleRelated Articles:FCC publishes net neutrality rules, likely sparking fresh lawsuits House votes to kill net neutrality rules Court tosses out Verizon, MetroPCS net neutrality suits on technicalityHouse Republicans challenge FCC's net neutrality rulesFCC tries to block Verizon, MetroPCS net neutrality challengesVerizon sues FCC over net neutrality rules
11-11-2011
Sprint leans on low-income Assurance Wireless subs for growth

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Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), which has made no secret about its desire to add postpaid subscribers and paid $15.5 billion over four years to sell Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone to get them, is also relying heavily on low-income prepaid customers for growth. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, more than half of Sprint's net new customers in any given period have come from its Assurance Wireless brand, targeted at low-income subscribers. Assurance, which Sprint launched in 2010, provides a free phone and 250 voice minutes per month to qualifying customers, and is a part of a government subsidy program called Lifeline. Customers who qualify are often those who qualify for other federal benefit programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Sprint does not disclose how many Assurance Wireless customers it has, but according to the Journal, the company now counts a little under 2 million total customers, and the brand is available in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Sprint had 53 million total subscribers at the end of the third quarter. Despite Sprint's reliance on Assurance customers, not all of the carrier's growth comes from the brand. In the third quarter, for example, Sprint added nearly 1.3 million net wireless customers, including net additions of 441,000 retail subscribers and net additions of 835,000 wholesale and affiliate subscribers as a result of growth in MVNOs reselling prepaid services. Sprint lost around 44,000 net postpaid subscribers during the quarter, narrower than the carrier's loss of 107,000 in the third quarter of 2010. Sprint is not the only carrier using Lifeline. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T)  also use the program to offer plans to low-income customers. América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit is the largest Lifeline service provider via its SafeLink offering, which counts more than 2 million customers (TracFone had 19.3 million total subscribers at the end of the third quarter). SafeLink is available in 36 states and the District of Columbia. What makes Sprint's use of Assurance for growth so striking is the emphasis that it has put on its relationship with Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) for a 4G network and devices as well as the lengths it has gone to get the iPhone. "Unfortunately, there's a large market of customers who are eligible based on their poverty level," John Carney, Sprint's senior vice president of consumer marketing, told the Journal. "This is not a customer, without subsidy, we would have gone after originally. We wouldn't have been able to make money." For more:- see this WSJ article (sub. req.)Related Articles:Sprint discontinues Common Cents Mobile prepaid brandTracFone expands SafeLink service to compete with Sprint offeringSprint unveils Common Cents Mobile, pay-per-minute prepaid brandSprint expands Common Cents Mobile at Wal-MartSprint launches multi-pronged prepaid wireless strategy
11-11-2011
Roll On, Digital Reorganization. Telefonica Posts First Loss In Nine Years

11-11-2011
SAP Partners With EMC, VMware on Cloud Platform

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The company is deepening its partnerships with EMC and VMware to improve business agility and scale efficiencies. - As cloud computing and virtualization rapidly evolve, business management software specialist SAP (NYSE: SAP) is working in a three-way strategic collaboration with partners EMC (NYSE: EMC) and VMware to develop tools and services that make it possible for businesses to adopt cloud and run SAP s...
11-11-2011
Mobile Operators Missing Opportunity to Double Cash Returns for Investors

10-11-2011
Turning Customer Intelligence Into Gold

10-11-2011
How to declare 'one version of the truth'

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Trying to establish "one version of the truth" when it comes to operational data can be like searching for the Holy Grail at a lot of companies. With a redoubled focus on managing via metrics these days, it is more important than ever to have one version to work with, writes Chris Murphy at InformationWeek. A CIO should just "declare" one version of the truth, suggests Jeanne Ross, director of MIT Sloan School's Center for Information Systems Research. Simply choose a source and then announce that it will be the version everyone will use. "Once you tell everyone 'This is our single source,' they work pretty hard to make it more accurate," Ross said at the TechTomorrow conference last month.  It may sound a bit impulsive, Murphy writes, but this approach can significantly cut the amount of time IT groups spend gathering and filtering information to deliver what they believe is the right data--even when there are constituencies who would just as soon leave some ambiguity in the numbers. This approach is somewhat reflective of a project at Procter & Gamble, where CIO Filippo Passerini and his group built a meeting room for executives to analyze business metrics. They did not wait for a perfect set of data to initiate the project, however. "We intentionally put the cart before the horse, because it is a way to force change," Passerini said. Trying to establish perfect data to serve as the "one source" does not necessarily match with any business goal. "It reeks of data for data's sake," Murphy warns. "But if people can see how a single source of the truth relates to gaining market share, or not ticking off customers, then they know why it's important. That's a truth they'll find worth seeking." For more:- see Chris Murphy's post at InformationWeek Related Articles:How to prepare for the 'big data' eraThe emerging world of non-traditional and synthetic dataAdvice: Stop worrying about data quality
09-11-2011
Hadoop gains traction in the enterprise

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Enterprises have begun embracing open source storage and analysis system Hadoop even though technology issues and a host of questions related to data security and management remain. By enabling businesses to manage vast amounts of structured and unstructured data more affordably than relational database systems can, Hadoop is gaining traction beyond Web 2.0 companies like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Yahoo and eBay, reports Jaikumar Vijayan at ComputerWorld. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) has been using Hadoop for nearly three years in a growing number of functions, including fraud detection, IT risk management and self service, the company's managing director Larry Feinsmith said this week at the Hadoop World conference in New York. With Hadoop, Chase has been able to gather and store huge amounts of unstructured data from social media, blogs and transactions. Bringing all of the disparate data into one platform, the company can apply data mining and analytics tools on the information. The question right now for IT pros at Chase is whether Hadoop-based technology can one day be used for processing transactions as well.  There are a number of challenges enterprises should consider when implementing Hadoop, however, Feinsmith cautions. Products, standards and vendors seem to be in flux, making for a "very confusing marketplace," he said. There are also integration challenges and relatively few engineers with Hadoop expertise. What's more, the ability to aggregate such massive quantities of data, in itself, leads to a number of concerns around security, access, availability and business continuity. In a separate article, Vijayan takes a look at the security issues that are raised in deploying Hadoop. Data access concerns have led some federal agencies to keep sensitive data out of Hadoop databases. Other users have turned to encryption to protect data stored in a Hadoop environment. The jumble of disparate data that Hadoop can aggregate can mean mixing together information of varying security sensitivity, cautions Richard Clayton, a software engineer with Berico Technologies. Enterprises have to put the right controls in place to ensure role-based access.   Having so much data in one place also raises the risk of inadvertent disclosure and theft.  If analytical tools create new datasets with sensitive information, those sets have to be protected as well. One way that government agencies are protecting Hadoop-stored information is by walling it off in "enclaves" that only cleared personnel can access. Despite the technology's challenges, enterprises are vying for IT pros with Hadoop skills, reports Doug Henschen at InformationWeek. JPMorgan Chase, eBay and Cloudera were all in recruiting mode at the Hadoop World conference. Henschen notes that Hadoop World has tripled in size since the 2009 conference, and the technology has been embraced by IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)and Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) this year.  For more:- see Jaikumar Vijayan's article at ComputerWorld- see Jaikumar Vijayan's article on Hadoop security issues at ComputerWorld- see Doug Henschen's article at InformationWeek Related Articles:How Microsoft learned to accept open sourceConsider open source when deploying BI
09-11-2011
Empathy, Self-Interest, and Economics

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Companies that want to earn their customers trust have to be willing to act in their customers interestsometimes even when the customers interest conflicts with their own (at least in the short term).
09-11-2011
Why you should get into the gaming game

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Gaming--or gamification--is infiltrating the enterprise as a means of improving business skills training and engaging customers on websites. In the meantime, enterprises are infiltrating popular online games, such as Farmville and Mafia Wars on Facebook, to reach out to potential customers, writes Michael Hugos, principal at Center for Systems Innovation. Farmers Insurance has gotten into the Farmville game, offering players virtual services, such as crop watering by a virtual blimp branded with the company name. Shouldn't car makers and auto parts dealers participate on popular racing game sites, such as TrackMania, and offer their own teams, Hugos asks. "Why don't more physical fitness and nutrition companies have sports games like the Nike Running Game?," he writes in a post at CIO magazine. Businesses that join the online gaming mania will succeed if they manage to interest other players rather than just peddle their wares, Hugos suggests. CIOs could be instrumental in this effort by identifying personnel already well-versed in popular games. The marketing department might take an interest when they learn how inexpensively they can generate brand awareness. "[L]ots of companies already have skilled gamers who are masquerading as mild-mannered Clark Kents and Lois Lanes during working hours," he suggests. "Now tell the marketing folks that in the best interests of advancing the company's reputation you're going to put some IT staff on the project and let them play video games at work. You might be surprised at what happens." For more:- see Michael Hugos' post at CIO Related Articles:Hilton, Siemens, SAP play video gamesGamers leave radiology center's data exposedWould you outsource to FarmVille?
09-11-2011
3 Keys To Analytics Success

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Businesses need to overcome cultural barriers, like resistance to change, to get most bang for their analytics buck, a new study shows.
09-11-2011
F.C.C. and Cable Companies Push to Close Digital Divide

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The Federal Communications Commission is hoping to close the digital divide by developing cheap high-speed Internet access for low-income households.
09-11-2011
MTN Group to Spend $1 Billion on Fast 3G Wireless Stations

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MTN Group Ltd. plans to spend about 8 billion rand ($1 billion) to increase the number of third- generation wireless stations for faster data transmission in South Africa, and may install quicker technology if the government approves a license next year.
09-11-2011
Mobile Payments Offer Financial Institutions Opportunities With the Unbanked

09-11-2011
tw telecom: It's Time to Raise Ethernet's IQ

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Tw telecom exec says a fast (and dumb) Ethernet pipe won't cut it anymore as enterprise customers head to the cloud for all their apps needs
09-11-2011

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