• It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Super Wi-Fi?
    NOT ENOUGH THROUGHPUT and efficiency in your Wi-Fi? You’re not alone in your plight. From the problem of hotspot congestion to the Wi-Fi-based consumer electronics that can’t yet be enabled, the Wi-Fi industry is crying out for a hero. That technology of steel was supposed ...More
    December 29, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • Policy Then & Now
    FCC ISSUES THEN: Much of the FCC’s actions 20 years ago centered on the Fairness Doctrine. According to an archive article from Time magazine, the agency contended that government regulation had a chilling effect on TV and discouraged the free discussion of public issues. ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
    AFTER THE HIGH-PROFILE DEMISE of MVNO maverick ESPN Mobile, the hype surrounding MVNOs has dimmed causing many back-office companies to stop trumpeting their enablement services for the sector. Now, a more chastened MVNE posse faces the looming specters of consolidation and ...More
    December 29, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • News Briefs
    After months of speculation, it looks like the Sprint Nextel Corp.-cableco joint venture is about to bear fruit. The wireless operator told USA Today that Time Warner Cable and Comcast Communications will go live with cell service in a handful of markets by the end of 2006, ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Why Agents Should Insist on Evergreen Clauses
    EVERGREEN? WHILE I UNDERSTAND this classification to be for plants and shrubs that bear foliage throughout the year, I had no idea what “evergreen” meant in the context of telecom when I entered the industry four years ago. I soon learned that in business circles, evergreen ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Roy A. Wilkens
    THEN: Roy A. Wilkens was president of Williams Telecommunications Co. (WilTel) in 1987 and was beginning to be vindicated for his gutsy decision -- as president of Williams Pipeline Co. -- to use the company's gas rights of way for fiber-optic telecommunications. The ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • John Marsch
    THEN: John Marsch was CEO of TMC California, which was founded in 1982 and built the first digital microwave network to connect area businesses with fiber-optic technology. It provided service to more than 14,000 commercial customers and had 150 employees and seven offices ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Sherm Henderson
    THEN: Sherm Henderson was founder and CEO of Charter Network Inc., a long-distance reseller operating in the Ameritech region. "In 1987, I was real happy to be a long-distance provider in five states," he recalls. NOW: Today, Henderson is CEO of Lightyear Network Solutions ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Matthew Flanigan
    THEN: Matthew Flanigan was president of Cognitronics, a maker of CO equipment to replace operators. He also was a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. "Back then was shortly after the breakup of the old Bell System," he recalls. "It was about trying ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Carl Grivner
    THEN: In 1987, Carl Grivner was vice president of national sales at Ameritech, which was one of the newly created seven Baby Bell companies. It operated in five states of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. NOW: He is CEO of XO Communications, the country's ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles