• PAETEC Bows to Economy, Cuts 222 Jobs
    One of the cornerstones of PAETEC (PAET), the Rochester, N.Y., CLEC, is the value it places on its employees. So it must have been very difficult for executives to cut 222 full-time jobs last week with little outside notice. “The action was primarily taken as ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Obama: U.S. Broadband Ranking ‘Unacceptable’
    Remember when we were supposed to have ubiquitous broadband, courtesy of W., by 2007? Nearly two years after that deadline, President-elect Barack Obama looks more serious about making sure that happens than his soon-to-be predecessor ever has been. Obama has made tech ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • USF Audit Overblown by $771 Million?
    Did telcos really get more Universal Service Fund (USF) money than they should have from 2006-2007? One reporter argues no and says the FCC’s recent Office of Inspector General report unfairly tags telcos with collecting more subsidies than they probably did. Rather ...More
    December 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • SIP Print Taps North American Distributor
    Startup SIP Print Monday announced it has entered into an agreement with Vital Communications Inc. to distribute SIP Print products to small and medium businesses through reseller partners in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.In late November, SIP Print ...More
    December 8, 2008 By Khali Henderson Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Has Buyer Intent Hit Bottom?
    IT buyer expectations are leveling off following November's sharp drop in response to the global financial crisis, according to a FutureScan report issued this week by IDC.While IDC's outlook for IT spending over the next 12 months has not changed from the revised forecasts ...More
    December 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • AT&T Layoffs Spark Downturn Talk, Debate
    AT&T Inc.’s (T) announcement Thursday that it’s laying of 12,000 people came not only as a nasty surprise to workers but also as a harbinger of bad times for the telecom industry. At least, that’s BusinessWeek’s assertion. Other outlets are ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • Storey Elected President, COO at Level 3
    Diversified service provider Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) has elected former WilTel exec Jeff K. Storey, who brings more than 25 years of telecom industry experience to the firm, as president and chief operating officer effective Monday, Dec. 8. Storey will be ...More
    December 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • EtherSpeak Unveils Unlimited Pricing on SIP Trunks
    EtherSpeak Communications LLC announced Wednesday unlimited pricing plans, called Freedom plans, for its SureTrunk SIP trunking service for the ShoreTel Inc. (SHOR) IP PBX platform.Effective immediately, EtherSpeak will be offering SureTrunk at a monthly rate as low as ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • IBM Launches Private Label Managed Security
    Computing pioneer IBM has launched white-label managed security services for operators to add to their portfolios. And it’s not a moment too soon: Based on data from IBM’s security services client base of 3,700, there has been a 30 percent increase over the last ...More
    December 4, 2008 By Tara Seals Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony
  • Verizon Business Releases VoIP Enhancements
    Angling to provide flexibility for enterprises, Verizon Business is expanding the reach of its VoIP offerings and making efforts to ease deployment with a series of portfolio enhancements, announced on Thursday. For one, Verizon has announced a new VoIP Interoperability Lab ...More
    December 4, 2008 Posted in News, Voice over IP (VoIP)/IP Telephony