What are you doing tomorrow, Friday, December 6, 2013, at 12noon US Eastern (1700 UTC)? Would you like to join in to what should be an excellent conversation about the future of broadband networks, IP communications, telecom, etc.? If so, make plans to join the VoIP Users Conference (VUC) call happening live at 12 noon where the guest will be the ever-interesting Martin Geddes. The topic will be "Rethinking broadband and voice: Network Science and Hypervoice" and should prompt some vigorous discussion!
I've known Martin for many years now and have been a great fan of his analysis and writing ever since back in the days of his "Telepocalypse" blog. He's truly a great thinker in the space and is also quite an enjoyable and fun speaker to listen to. We know each other well from the early days of VoIP blogging as well as the conference circuit, and I regularly read his email newsletter and other great content he puts out. He's very active on Twitter as well.
Having said all that, I do have some fundamental disagreements with some of what he is advocating these days. I wrote about some of this disagreement last year and he and I had a good conversation both in the comments to that post and in some private exchanges.
Now, I very much agree with much of what he calls "Hypervoice" and where he sees voice going. Where we disagree is about the broadband component. This is the part that Randy outlines in the VUC page as:
He will outline some (controversial) answers that suggest we’re heading down a dead end and should consider a different technical and commercial approach.
It should be a fun conversation and I'm very much looking forward to the group discussion with Martin!
You can join the fun, too! If you want to just simply watch and listen, you can:
- view the event on the Google+ Hangout on Air Event page or on http://live.vuc.me (it will be both video and audio).
- listen to the audio stream only at Listen to MP3 stream at http://vuc.me/mp3
- Skype audio: +990009369991484768
- PSTN (phone) international numbers: http://vuc.me/voxbone
Regardless of whether you are just listening or planning to participate, it's always a good idea to join the #vuc IRC channel on Freednode.net. More info and a web interface to IRC can be found on the VUC site.
Please do join us! It should be a great conversation!
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