• 1996 Telecom Act Turns 10: Reflections on the Old, Predictions for the New
    Ten years ago today, President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, legislation intended to spur new models of competition and result in lower prices and more choices for consumers. And yet, if popular opinion is any gauge, the act failed to account for the ...More
    February 8, 2006 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Universal Service Will be Addressed this Year, Says FCC's Copps
    Speaking at the NTCA show yesterday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said 2006 will be "the year of action" on a contribution methodology. Copps is a member of the Universal Service Joint Board, which he said will make recommendations on rates this year. Noting that he knows ...More
    February 8, 2006 By Paula Bernier Posted in News
  • Copps: FCC Needs to Better Address its Homeland Security Role
    The FCC, which by federal law is responsible for public safety as it relates to communications, is falling short of meeting its responsibilities, said FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, during a rousing speech at the NTCA show yesterday. But the agency is working to correct ...More
    February 8, 2006 By Paula Bernier Posted in News
  • Copps Says U.S. Needs Broadband Strategy
    Making broadband available to the masses is as important as universal access for phone service, yet the United States is "in the ditch" in terms of its worldwide ranking for broadband access, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said yesterday during a keynote speech at the NTCA ...More
    February 8, 2006 By Paula Bernier Posted in News
  • Cordia Adds Phone Numbers from 36 Countries
    Cordia Corp., a competitive carrier based in Florida, said today it has added phone numbers from more than 30 countries to its VoIP network, which means customers now can choose phone numbers from up to 36 countries. The company said the expansion is good news for its ...More
    February 8, 2006 Posted in News
  • TelePacific Expands Reach of IP MPLS VPN Services
    California-based CLEC TelePacific Communications said today it has expanded its private IP MPLS VPN services to include locations throughout the United States. The services are available to the company’s California and Nevada customers, and sold through channel partners. ...More
    February 8, 2006 Posted in News
  • ICG Sells Calif. VoIP Customers to ONIT
    ICG Communications Inc., the Colorado-based wholesale services provider, has sold its corporate VoIP customers in California to ONIT Communications Inc., the companies said today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This will be ONIT’s third acquisition of a regional ...More
    February 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • AuBeta Deploys Redback’s SmartEdge Gateway
    AuBeta Networks, a WAN service provider based in Seattle, is upgrading its broadband network with Redback Networks Inc.’s SmartEdge Service Gateway. The company said the enhancements will help it better serve business users. AuBeta supports more than 14,000 central offices, ...More
    February 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Bush Nominates McDowell FCC Commissioner
    President Bush has nominated Republican attorney Robert McDowell, COMPTEL's senior vice president and assistant general counsel, to be a commissioner on the FCC. Aside from representing COMPTEL members before Congress, the FCC and the appellate courts, McDowell is a veteran ...More
    February 3, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in News
  • Mobile ESPN Launches Super Bowl Sunday
    ESPN will launch its MVNO during Sunday’s Seahawks-Steelers matchup. Mobile ESPN will support the launch with a 60-second Super Bowl commercial called “Sports Heaven,” featuring more than 20 athletes, from spelling bee champs to baseball pitchers. The service, available ...More
    February 3, 2006 By Tara Seals Posted in News