Life has not been easy for Vonage Holdings since the company went public in May, and it doesn't appear things are going to get any easier in the competitive VoIP market. In what what may signal a shift in strategy, the company is focusing more heavily on customer service, an approach that could pay off.
About 62 million Americans still use dial-up connections to access the Internet, according to research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Given the falling price for broadband service, "it's getting harder to understand why," according to a writer for the Boston Globe.
Major record labels have established stars and recognizable songs. Makers of mobile content and wireless carriers have the means to create and distribute the new product. The result is a potentially lucrative partnership that showcases acts and creates new sources of revenue.
EarthLink and Google announced via EarthLink's blog a joint proposal to build and operate a Wi-Fi network in San Francisco. Under the plan, EarthLink would offer a fee-based Wi-Fi tier similar to the one it's planning for Philadelphia, while Google would offer free connectivity.
Philadelphia finalized a 10-year contract with EarthLink to set up a Wi-Fi network across the city. The contract stipulates that EarthLink build and maintain the network with its own money and is contingent on whether the City Council approves a second agreement to let the ISP put access points in city-owned lightposts.