Monday, April 30, 2007

More on Verizon v. Vonage

Here are some updates on the Verizon v. Vonage saga:

  • On April 24th, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Vonage can continue to sign up new customers while Vonage is appealing the patent infringement loss to Verizon.

  • While the appeal is pending, Vonage plans to continue paying a 5.5 percent royalty rate on all future sales to an escrow account, and it has posted a $66 million (USD) bond

Even with these findings, Vonage's operations are still in trouble. Vonage has admitted in an Security and Exchange commission filing that they began to lose customers before the ruling, and all the legal trouble could lead to bankruptcy.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo! Maybe not.....(Verizon v. Vonage)

For those of you who are not familiar with the case, Verizon sued Vonage for patent infringement regarding their VoIP technology and won the case. Does that mean that Vonage is a dead company? It's not dead yet, but it's on life support. A judge in an April 6th hearing found that Vonage can still provide services to their existing customers, but they cannot acquire new customers. Even with that finding, an appeals court can override that ruling. Even though as of now Vonage can support their existing customers, it's possible that Vonage may cease operations.

What if you or your small business is an existing Vonage customer? How can you prepare for a potential Vonage collapse? The good news is time is on your side. You have time to evaluate your VoIP needs and choose another provider.

This article from VoIP News is written for IT professionals on how to prepare for a potential Vonage collapse. This article highlights how to plan for choosing a new provider and what to consider when you decide to make the switch.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I'm back!

I'm back on the blog! I'm sure you're happy to hear that! :)

I haven't been posting any commentaries or information because there were and are a lot of things going on right now with me. I couldn't dedicate the time to the site or the blog as much as I wanted to. Now that I have a little more time now, I can start posting again, and I can work on the web site as well.

Wow - there's been so much IT news since I last posted: the mistake in Alaska where all the records in the government's systems were deleted; the court's decision against Vonage (Verizon alleged that Vonage used Verizon's VoIP technology and didn't give Verizon credit); the launch of Microsoft Vista; and more.