Much ink has been spilt and many electrons have been rearranged to discuss the pros and cons of Net Neutrality as a regulatory philosophy for managing the Internet. The arguments have been that as the Internet becomes increasingly important as an entertainment and communications service infrastructure, there should be safeguards and service provider behaviors that the FCC should enforce. However, proponents argue that the highly competitive access market of telcos, cablecos and IP wirelesscos are the only natural and automatic way to assure that industry participants treat consumers with respect.
Well, further to our Guide on the topic, the FCC chairman has set December 21, 2010 as the voting day for his latest proposal for Net Neutrality, which allows tiering of consumption - use more, pay more - into bands and leaves network owners in charge of managing their networks, pretty much as they see fit. Visitors to our site agree with this practice, particularly as it relates to the emerging class of wireless broadband services.
As a measure of how much mobile communications happens for business, this ad hoc result indicates that mobile communications is very important. Consider that most of these calls, if made to the employee's standard desktop phone number without benefit of mobile would be voicemail and voicemail tag. I once calculated that I had spent some 8,000 hours merely listening to voicemail. Needless to say, I am a wholehearted beneficiary of mobile UC and mobile communications shunning the desktop phone systems that are such a reflex for most business owners.
For some folks the FIFA World Cup 2010 represented a colossal waste of time, but for much of Europe, South America and even Canada and the USA, the quadrennial sporting event was full of drama on and off the pitch. Our ad hoc survey during the run up to the final games on Saturday and Sunday (3rd place game (Uruguay and Germany) on Saturday, July 10 and final (Netherlands and Spain) on Sunday, July 11) showed that the daytime games were watched by at least 89% of our respondents. Most chose to watch in realtime avoiding the temptation to fast-forward during the boring parts, instead choosing to work-watch as much as they could get away with it.
Only half of the 22% of respondents who were going to watch from home chose to call in sick.