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NAB 2014 Notes and Pictures

April 13, 2014
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4K image of the Alps at NAB 2014 in the Leyard booth.

NAV would be a more appropriate acronym for the multi-day conference that NAB hosts in Las Vegas each spring. Video (and audio to a lesser extent) is the common denominator to the sessions and the vendors that populate the massive exhibit floor.  The “B” (broadcasters) in NAB was somewhat smaller in scope compared to the…

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AT&T to Test All-IP Phone Network in 2 U.S. Cities

February 28, 2014
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An image of a typical VoIP adapter.

AT&T will begin pilot testing all-digital IP phone networks in West Delray Beach, Florida, and Carbon Hill, Alabama, as part of the U.S. carrier’s push to move away from legacy switched telephone networks (PSTN and POTS) in favor of all-IP delivery of voice, data and video. AT&T’s announcement: Testing the Next Generation of IP Networks, states that…

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Building a Playground – Building a Community

February 5, 2014
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S.J. Sharkie give his opinions on playground designs.

Readers and viewers who follow Viodi on various social outlets may have seen some somewhat odd messages lately about dancing bunnies, wiener dogs meeting Wienermobiles and S.J. Sharkie mixing it up with a bunch of kids. Let me explain the background and the bigger picture behind these seemingly off-topic dispatches. Together by Necessity One of…

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FCC’s “All IP” Network Transitions Trials – What to Expect

February 2, 2014
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An image of a typical VoIP adapter.

Introduction: At its January 30th Open Commission Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) voted to approve a petition AT&T had filed (in November 2012) to conduct trials of an “all-Internet Protocol (IP) network” that would eventually replace the PSTN and TDM networks now used extensively in the U.S.  The transition will be from plain Plain…

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All-IP Network Transition Plan at FCC’s Jan 30th Open Commission Meeting

January 21, 2014
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An image of Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC,.

Introduction: During his January 8th speech at the Computer History Museum (CHM) , FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the CHM audience that the U.S. was in a transition to a “4th Network Revolution” that would be led by a transition to an “all-IP” network.   The 4th Network is actually a multi-faceted revolution based on  IP based packet…

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