is an Independent Consultant with a General Practice in Wireline and Wireless Telecommunications and Related Fields such as the Internet and Voice over IP
. His 45 years’ experience includes management and executive positions with Southwestern Bell, CONTEL, and Executone prior to forming The Context Corporation.
Ray has authored the best-selling Communications Systems & Networks
, (John Wiley & Sons, 1997, 2000, and 2002), Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook
(Wiley-Interscience, 2008), and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary
(Webster’s New World, 2007). He was Senior Contributing Editor for Newton’s Telecom Dictionary (12th through 21st Editions). He has written hundreds of technical white papers, case studies, articles, and columns for major print and electronic publications such as CommWeb, Computer Telephony, Network World, The Prepaid Press, and Teleconnect. He also has served as Technical Editor for several book-length works, including Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows
(Microsoft Press, 2003). He currently is the Technology Editor for Telecom Reseller Magazine.
Ray regularly teaches public and private seminars and has spoken before tens of thousands of telecom and IT professionals in the US and abroad as a conference keynoter, seminar and tutorial leader, panel chair, and panelist at major industry conferences such as ComNet and Networld+Interop.
He also has provided litigation support as a consulting expert and testifying expert in a number of cases involving product / service misrepresentation and intellectual property (patent; copyright, and trademark / service mark infringement). Those cases have involved a broad range of technologies, including Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDS), DSL, E911, fax, PBX, push-to-talk (PTT), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), videoconferencing, VoIP, and voice processing.
Ray Horak is known for his ability—both in print and in person—to translate highly complex technical subject matter into plain-English, commonsense, and thoroughly understandable terms for technical and lay audiences, alike.
In an effort to address a growing number of telephone marketing calls and certain other telemarketing practices thought to be invasions of privacy, Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), codified at 47 U.S.C. § 227. We all know about the restrictions on unsolicited telemarketing calls..
Communications is a science, an art, and a field of study, depending on the context. In simplest terms, communications is the means by which people express ideas or information
Ray Horak, Harry Newton, Mark A. Miller
An instant classic and a best seller, with more than 65,000 in print. It served as the basis for Horak’s more contemporary works, Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook (2008) and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary (2007).
A comprehensive and authoritative telecommunications dictionary of more than 4,600 terms essential to a clear and thorough understanding of voice, data, video, and multimedia communications system and network technologies, applications, and regulations. Webster’s is an absolutely unimpeachable resource written by a recognized expert in the field. Webster’s enjoys great critical acclaim, as do all of Horak’s works.
The one book you’ll need to understand the entire telecom landscape, from copper to fiber, wireline to wireless, LANs to MANs to WANs, TDM to IP, AAL to Zigbee and everything in between. Written in a plain-English, commonsense style by an authority on the subject, this critically acclaimed book is at just the right level for the serious professional who wants to get at the whole truth—without the math.