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November 19, 2007 9:44 AM

Discussing the Need for Broadband Through Broadband

I was invited by Marc Strassman to join him in his first attempt at a 4-person videocall through SightSpeed, along with noted columnist James Carlini and Jonathan Rintels, executive director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media.

Here's the video from that conversation:

Some of the quality issues found in the one-on-one interview Marc and I conducted last week are evident here as well.

I'd say as we were chatting I caught maybe 80% of the words spoken. Certainly enough to understand what was being said, but still somewhat limited in terms of creating a real back-and-forth conversation.

I'm curious as to what the primary limiting factor is in conducting these multiparty videocalls so I'm going to check in with Peter Csathy, CEO of SightSpeed to discuss. My guess is it points to the lack of sufficient upload capacity in our last-mile access networks, though it could also be an issue on the server side.

When I learn more I'll let you know.


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