• Megamergers a Go: FCC Approves Verizon-MCI, SBC-AT&T Combinations
    The FCC today approved the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. and the SBC Communications Inc. takeover of AT&T Corp. The Department of Justice late last week also gave the transactions its stamp of approval; today’s FCC approval clears the way for the ...More
    October 31, 2005 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Level 3 to Buy WilTel for $680 Million
    Level 3 Communications Inc. said today it plans to acquire wholesale carrier WilTel Communications Group LLC, part of Leucadia National Corp. Level 3 will pay $370 million plus 115 million shares, which, based on Friday’s closing price of $2.70, comes out to about $310.5 ...More
    October 31, 2005 Posted in News
  • FCC Delays Vote on Megamergers until Monday
    Unable to clinch full consensus for two looming megamergers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on Friday kept having to delay the scheduled monthly meeting as he negotiated with commissioners regarding the combinations of SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T Corp., and Verizon ...More
    October 28, 2005 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Equinix Head to Step Down
    Equinix Inc., provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, said today its president and COO Phil Koen plans to resign on March 2, 2006. Koen will continue to advise the company as a strategic advisor after March 2. He joined Equinix in July 1999 ...More
    October 28, 2005 Posted in News
  • Layered Technologies Launches New Servers Based on SWsoft Software
    Layered Technologies, a hosting service provider, has launched eight new virtual private servers (VPSs) based on SWsoft’s Virtuozzo software bundled with Plesk. Virtuozzo is a server virtualization technology that creates multiple isolated VPSs on one server. Layered ...More
    October 28, 2005 Posted in News
  • Hostopia Upgrades WebMail
    Private-label wholesale hosting provider Hostopia has upgraded its WebMail product to version 4.0. The enhancements include advanced e-mail folder management; calendar and task management; improved contact management functionality; the ability to view quarantined e-mail; ...More
    October 28, 2005 Posted in News
  • Level 3, Cogent to Continue Exchanging Traffic
    Level 3 Communications Inc. and Cogent Communications Inc. have resolved their differences. Level 3 had said earlier this month it was terminating its peering relationship with the ISP because the terms of the companies’ previous agreement no longer benefited Level 3. ...More
    October 28, 2005 Posted in News
  • DOJ Clears Verizon-MCI Merger
    The US. Department of Justice today cleared the way for Verizon Communications Inc. to buy MCI Inc. and the FCC is expected to vote on the combination tomorrow. The department’s Antitrust Division filed civil lawsuits today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to ...More
    October 27, 2005 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • USTelecom Elects New Chairman, Officers, Members
    The USTelecom board of directors late yesterday unanimously elected Skip Frantz, executive vice president and secretary of Alltel Corp. Inc., as chairman of the board. Frantz has served on the USTelecom board of directors for two years, most recently holding as first ...More
    October 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • InfiniRoute VoIP Direct Helps Carriers Connect Emerging Markets
    InfiniRoute Networks Inc., which provides managed VoIP peering services for carriers, has unveiled VoIP Direct, giving Tier 1 carriers connections to carriers in emerging global markets such as Latin America, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe. InfiniRoute says VoIP Direct ...More
    October 27, 2005 Posted in News