• FCC Imposes Wholesale Conditions on Megamergers
    The FCC has blessed the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. and the takeover of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc., but not without levying several wholesale conditions to which the companies all must adhere.Despite their opposition to the mergers, ...More
    December 1, 2005 By Kelly Teal and Paula Bernier Posted in Articles
  • PHONE+ to Host ‘Your Most Important Sales Meeting’
    PHONE+ magazine announces the Spring 2006 Channel Partners Conference & Expo will be held March 1-3, 2006, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The most comprehensive trade show for the indirect sales channel serving the converged communications market, ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Round Table
    ... ON THE APPROVALS OF THE VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. MERGER WITH MCI INC. AND THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TAKEOVER OF AT&T CORP. THE FCC AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADDED RIDERS TO THE DEALS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THE COMPANIES TO OFFER NAKED DSL, AND EXTEND SPECIAL ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Next Stop — 2006
    I want to thank everybody for welcoming me to the telecom industry. The last couple of months have been extremely challenging, but also surprisingly fun. Many of you have expressed your support and have been exceptionally helpful to me in my new post. I must admit I’ve been ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Product News
    PROFITEC INTRODUCES OMNIBILL.NET Profitec Billing Services has taken the wraps off a Web-based replacement of its server-based master database, dubbed OmniBill.net. The new online hosted version of OmniBill component contains OmniCare CRM for order entry, change management, ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • New Products
    Toshiba Releases Video Communications Solution Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Digital Solutions Division has released the Video Communications Solution (VCS) for its Strata CIX family of IP business communication systems. The new system’s features include full ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • In Box
    I am writing to congratulate you on a wonderful Channel Partners Show in Chicago — you and your team did a super job. The venue and overall atmosphere seemed better than the fall show in Chicago last year, a definite improvement. So, keep up the great work and we look ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Verizon Wireless Changes the Channel
    Mobile behemoth Verizon Wireless has launched a two-tier channel program to tap the nation’s 3.2 million small and medium businesses with voice and advanced 3G applications.The new Business Solutions Program will act as a conduit to SMBs for the VZOffice suite of voice and ...More
    December 1, 2005 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • reseller channel: Cablecos ‘Sprint’ to Quad-Play
    Four of the nation’s top cable providers are teaming with Sprint Corp. to deliver a suite of converged services that include live television on wireless phones, combined wireline/wireless mailboxes and more.Advance/Newhouse Communications Inc., Comcast Corp., Time Warner ...More
    December 1, 2005 By Tara Seals Posted in Articles
  • It’s Time for a Change in Subagent Compensation
    In an industry beset by continual change, it is surprising to see certain business processes remain static. For example, the business process of commission splits and 1099 taxation has not changed in decades. Isn’t it time our industry consider some alternative compensation ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles