• Bernie Ebbers
    THEN: Bernie Ebbers was CEO for Mississippi-based long-distance reseller Long Distance Discount Service (LDDS), which in 1995 became WorldCom Inc. The company’s legendary buying spree -- 65 transactions since the company was created in 1983 – including the $40 billion ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Vinton Cerf
    THEN: Computer scientist Vinton Cerf, who lead the development of the TCP/IP protocols and the Internet during his time with DARPA, just left MCI after engineering MCI Mail, the first commercial e-mail service connected to the Internet. He went to work for the Corporation ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • William G. McGowan
    THEN: MCI Chairman William G. McGowan underwent a heart transplant in 1987. After a six-month recovery, he returned to his post as chairman until his death in 1992. During his tenure at MCI, the company grew from startup to $9.5 billion and had 16 percent of the American ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Harold H. Greene
    THEN: U.S. District Court Judge Harold H. Greene was just a few years past presiding over the antitrust suit that broke up the AT&T telecommunications monopoly. The case was one of Greene’s first after being named to the bench. NOW: Judge Greene, who stopped hearing ...More
    December 29, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • So Long, 2006!
    With the final days of 2006 coming to a close, I suppose it’s customary to say a few words about the soon-to-be-deceased: Good Riddance! There are a few choice words for you, but to be fair they were probably more appropriate for years 2001 through 2005. This past year ...More
    December 28, 2006 Posted in Blog
  • AT&T Makes More Concessions in Bid to Close BellSouth Merger
    AT&T Inc. late Thursday made additional concessions in its bid to acquire BellSouth Corp.; critics have complained that the Bell company’s Oct. 13 compromises did not go far enough. AT&T filed a letter with the FCC on Dec. 28, stating it was trying to “break the ...More
    December 28, 2006 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Bundle Up! VoIP CPE/Services Ease SMB Sales
    Service providers and gear makers are getting together to sell their VoIP services to SMBs in bundles through VARs. Want to find out how your agency can profit from these marketing matchups? Channel partners can now provide customers with a service and CPE solution that's ...More
    December 28, 2006 Posted in Blog
  • Mike Miller
    THEN: In 1987, Mike Miller was director and area manager for ITT-USTS (United States Transmission Systems Inc., which sold private lines over an analog microwave network running from New York City to Houston through the Atlantic and Southern states and had 1,200 employees ...More
    December 28, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • James M. Smith
    THEN: Jim Smith was a partner at the law firm, Pierson, Ball & Dowd, and outside general counsel to COMPTEL, the competitive telecommunications association. “It was the year of the original Triennial Review,” recalls Smith, noting Judge Harold Greene’s review of the ...More
    December 28, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • H. Russell Frisby Jr.
    THEN: In 1987, H. Russell Frisby Jr., was an attorney for the firm Melnicove, Weiner, Kaufman, Weiner, Smouse & Garbis. This post followed four years spent working as an attorney adviser in the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. While there he was an author of the ...More
    December 28, 2006 Posted in Articles