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Click on the links below to peruse a variety of articles, columns and special sections by Marc Robins on a variety of topics related to IP Telephony and IP Communications.

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            BusinessWeek Magazine Special Sections

Exploring the New Generation of Business Communications Solutions

It might surprise you to know that the next time you pick up your phone to make a long distance call- especially an international call -- there's a good chance that your voice will be carried not on the traditional telephone network but sent as data packets over some IP, or Internet Protocol-based, data network. It could even be traveling over the Internet itself.

(From the March 1, 2004 issue of BusinessWeek)

Transforming Business Communications

Internet-protocol, or IP, telephony -- a collection of technologies, products, and services that, broadly described, encompasses the convergence of voice, video and data on today's IP-based communications networks -- is serving to radically transform communications as we know it.

(From the September 27, 2004 issue of BusinessWeek)

A Wealth of Innovations Begins to Deliver New Value to Business

While the full legacy of the Internet and World Wide Web has yet to be written, the swiftness with which these innovations are drawing the world closer continues to astound. The newly discovered desire to control all the permutations and combinations of the ways people communicate, through time and space, is creating infinite challenges. In response, communications innovators are mining the vast potential of the Internet and coming up with ever-richer solutions.

(From the May 16, 2005 issue of BusinessWeek)

IP Communications Comes to Small Business

A revolution is under way in business communications today, and the upside for small business is worth celebrating. A full-scale migration from circuit-switched solutions to new packet-based Internet Protocol, or IP, communications, is in full swing. The "last mile' bottleneck -- where the lack of high-speed, broadband Internet connectivity served to hold back the widespread adoption of exciting, new IP0-based communications services and applications -- has finally been broken.

(From the 2005 Summer Edition of BusinessWeek SmallBiz)

The Vision of a Truly Mobile Workforce Comes to Life

It's 9 a.m., Monday: Do you know where your employees are? Chances are they're anywhere but at their desks. They could be working from a hotel room, at home, or from a branch office, in their cars or on planes en route to a meeting, roaming the corporate corridors on their way to a conference room, or off-site at a sales call or training seminar. Indeed, the very nature of work today has become highly mobile, and enterprises are no longer constrained by the four walls that make up the corporate headquarters.

(From the October, 10, 2005 issue of BusinessWeek)

    Internet Telephony Magazine Mind Share 2.0 Columns

April 2007: "Managed Services Providers: Delivering on the Promise of High-Value Services" with Chris Gatch, CTO, Cbeyond

January 2007: "VoIP System Lockdown: Nine Steps to Ensuring Secure Migration to VoIP"

December 2006: "IP Communications Enterprise Market Trends"

November 2006: "VoIP Mash-Ups in a Web 2.0 World"

September 2006: "Achieving Optimal IPTV Quality of Experience: Key Challenges and Opportunities"

July 2006: "On Fertile Ground"

Special Column: "An IP Communications Dvorkian Riff"

June 2006: "Investors See the Light, as the IP Communications Industry Shines Bright"

February 2006: "CES Skinny: Seeing Scads of Skype-Certified Solutions"

January 2006: "All Together Now: The Embedding of Real-Time Communications"

December 2005: "Government Answers The VoIP Call... And Discovers Some Interesting Challenges"

November 2005: "Welcome to the Golden Age of Web Telephony"

Sept 2005: "Pushing the VoIP Envelope"

July 2005: "Telco IP-Based Triple Play: Leapfrogging the Cable MSOs?"

June 2005: "Vonage Dials 911, And Verizon Answers The Call"

May 2005: "VoIP's 911 Dilemma" (to be posted)

April 2005: "Notes from the Field" (to be posted)

March 2005: "SIPconnect: Taking VoIP to the Next Plateau" (to be posted)

February 2005: "Testing is Fundamental"

January 2005: "CASP Rebirth"

December 2004: "Pet Peeves"

November 2004: "The Onset of Rational Exuberance"

October 2004: "AT&T? Don't Bet Against Them!"

September 2004: "It's Time to Start Competing on Value, Not Price"

August 2004: "The Battle for Broadband Telephony Supremacy"

July 2004: "Bridging the Wireline/Wireless Divide"

June 2004: "Marketing Is Job #1 (Again)"

May 2004: "Springtime For IP Telephony"