New Stuff!

Do you read It's got the very newest stuff.

Isenberg's Edge-centric Column in VON Magazine:
Why we don't have fiber to the home,
May/Jun 2004
Telcos try to rejoin content & conduit,
Mar/Apr 2004
Square hole telcos vs. round peg future,
Jan/Feb 2004
Landline decline,
Nov/Dec 2003
Not just another app on the net,
Sep/Oct 2003

Isenberg's Column in America's Network
IAX edges in on SIP's early dominance,
June 15, 2004

Recent Press Coverage

Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, July 8, 2004: VOIP "destroys the area-ness of area codes," says David Isenberg, an independent telecom analyst in Cos Cob, Conn.

Quoted in the Seattle Times (AP), June 14, 2004: [Isenberg says that Bush administration decisions against UNE-P, favoring the Bells are] "kind of like a lobster dinner for a dying patient."

Quoted in the San Jose Mercury News, June 11, 2004: "In the short term, it's a little bit bad for consumers,'' said David S. Isenberg, an independent telecom analyst in Connecticut who spent 12 years at AT&T Bell Labs before founding his own firm, "In the longer term, it's completely irrelevant. And by long term I mean not very much longer. The Internet is going to kill the telephone companies.''

Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, October 9, 2003: "[VoIP] destroys the incumbent telephone-company business model," says David Isenberg, founder of, an independent telecom-analysis firm based in Cos Cob, Conn. A former Bell Labs researcher, he wrote a widely read paper, "The Rise of the Stupid Network," in 1997 that predicted many of the current Internet-phone trends.

Most recent SMART Letters:

SMART Letter #92 -- Not Your Usual SMART Letter -- the WTF meeting (January 4, 2004)
SMART Letter #91 -- The Story Under the VoIP Story
(December 10, 2003)
SMART Letter #90 -- Telecom Troubles -- Whose Problem is it? (October 15, 2003)
SMART Letter #89 -- David Dorman's Multiple Personality Disorder (August 18, 2003)
SMART Letter #88 -- Is Telecom Competition Dead? (June 20, 2003)
SMART Letter #87 -- Face the Music (May 6, 2003)
SMART Letter #86 -- Not Funny! (March 30, 2003)
SMART Letter #85 -- How to Monopolize the New Network (March 4, 2003)

The lowdown:

The End of the Middle, by David S. Isenberg in IEEE Spectrum

Read The Fail Fast Op-Ed in USA Today by David S. Isenberg and David Weinberger

"Dear Chairman Powell, Let 'em Fail Fast" -- a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. FCC

Press coverage of "Fail Fast" letter:
Bangkok Post: "Is telecom technology obsolete?"
Boston Globe: "A slightly over-the-top letter from a bunch of idealistic netheads . . . "
San Jose Mercury News: "Darwin Rules!"
Seattle Times: "Put the telecom racehorses out of their misery."
Mark Anderson's Strategic News Service: "Don't just let them fail, go after them."
Internet News: "Group Says Let Telecoms Fail"

MultiChannel News: "growing dismay with the FCC's lip-service to broadband reform " "The stupid network: Why I'm not sold...yet" Internet Audio Interview with David S. Isenberg

And you might want to look at our Fail Fast letter FAQ.

"What they're saying," has been carefully updated to include a few Googlisms and some human observations from Dale Hatfield, Gary Arlen and Scott Mace.

Conferences on the calendar -- the latest listings of speaking engagements,
conferences, panels and other opportunities to inform, provoke and spread the message.

I'd say it again today:
The Paradox of the Best Network, by David S. Isenberg and David Weinberger
You Think It's DSL vs. Cable? Guess Again, from FORTUNE, November 2000

The Rise of the Stupid Network, June 1997 -- still clear-eyed after all these years

Just for fun:
Woods Hole Breakfast Club

Our cats
Sail to Bermuda
, a photo essay from June 2002
A Cruise in Arctic Svalbard, a photo essay from late July 2001

the SIP section:

Microsoft Messenger Means New Carrier Opportunities --
A whitepaper, commissioned by dynamicsoft, about how dynamicsoft's carrier-class SIP systems will ride (and spur) Microsoft Messenger's success -- by David S. Isenberg

Windows Messenger Whitepaper for Microsoft -- Microsoft does End-to-End Internet Telephony
What John Markoff said about Windows Messenger in the NY Times (with Isenberg quote)

Date last modified: July 14, 2004