Being from Minnesota, humidity in February is something I’m not accustomed to. But there it was, as I arrived in Miami last week to speak at the IT Telephony Conference and Exposition. I didn’t have high expectations for a “hotel” show at the Miami Hyatt but it was actually worthwhile, exceeding my expectations.
It was everything VoIP from SIP to VoWLAN to regulation and taxation. Throw in a hundred or so exhibitors, dozens of speakers, and a thousand or two attendees and you’ve got a pretty darn good little show. (About the only downside was that some speakers could not resist plugging their products despite being advised to stick to the issues and technology.)
Regulation and taxation was an interesting subject. As an engineer, how involved are you? If you’re like me, you probably love to follow and play with the technology and leave the politics alone. Unfortunately, we all need to be more proactive in this area.
Like it or not, there will be regulation, even if is in the form of “don’t touch that <broadband> pipe!” One of the speakers noted that not counting private enterprise intranet IP phones, there are 1.0-1.5 million VoIP users across the Internet. What if Comcast or Time Warner should decide overnight to close down port 5060 (SIP) and require that you subscribe to their voice services?
We must also educate those in the public utilities sector. One horror story from the show was about a local public utilities regulator that thought that DoS attacks only applied to VoIP and therefore VoIP was a bad idea!