• Soap Box
    AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-’90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
    With fresh memories of telecom bust era acquisitions out of bankruptcy and current concerns over the mega-telcos’ efforts to reconcile diverse partner programs, agents are understandably anxious about consolidation and, frankly, how it impacts their revenue streams. So, how ...More
    October 1, 2006 By Kelly Teal and Khali Henderson Posted in Articles
  • InfoHighway CEO: CLEC Industry Needs to ‘Wake Up And Grow Up’
    InfoHighway’s Raul Martynek Eureka Networks and InfoHighway Communications Corp. merged last year to create one of the largest CLECs in the Northeast with annual sales of more than $100 million. The combined company now serves approximately 14,000 SMBs in 14 Northeastern ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Breaking Away
    SMALL BUSINESSES ARE BECOMING more mobile as their workplaces extend beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar offices of the past, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Small Business Travelers Alliance (ASBTA), a national alliance that provides services ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Speaking of IPOs ...
    WALL STREET LAST SAW a flood of IPOs from competitive carriers just before the telecom industry went bust. Now, as more CLECs wean themselves off UNE-P, specialize in IP services and bring their balance sheets into the black, the question arises: who will go ...More
    October 1, 2006 By Kelly Teal Posted in Articles
  • High-Definition Conferencing
    IT’S A FAMILIAR CONCEPT to anyone who’s seen a sci-fi movie: talking to a holographic projection of someone on the other side of the galaxy, making it seem almost as if the person were in the room with you. That vision may be getting closer to reality as high-definition ...More
    October 1, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
    CARRIER CONSOLIDATION WAS A HOT topic of conversation at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in D.C. (see related story). This is not surprising coming on the heels of two major CLEC merger announcements.US LEC and PAETEC announced Aug. 14 they are merging in a $1.3 ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Time Warner Telecom SVP: Extending Fiber Footprint is Key
    Time Warner Telecom’s Michael Rouleau Time Warner Telecom Inc. announced it late July its intention to snap up Xspedius Communications LLC, a privately held CLEC based in Missouri, for $531.5 million. About a month after the deal was announced, PHONE+ Editor Khali Henderson ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Burden of Proof
    THE TRUTH IS THERE IS NO government mandate for VoIP providers to use third-party verification for confirming orders or even E911 notifications. Yet, an increasing number of VoIP providers are using these services and, with recent FCC action foreshadowing increased ...More
    October 1, 2006 By Khali Henderson Posted in Articles, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
    PREPAID SERVICES WERE once the province of the calling cards, the creditchallenged and the “unbanked.” Now, prepaid is becoming an important part of the picture for service providers competing with blended service bundles that mix pre- and postpaid models within one ...More
    October 1, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles