• FCC: No More Exclusive Telecom Deals in Apartments
    The FCC has banned exclusive telecom services contracts in apartments and other multitenant buildings. Commissioners passed a similar order against exclusive cable video deals in Oct. 2007. FCC commissioners late last week unanimously agreed that exclusive agreements ...More
    March 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sprint Creates Wholesale Position to ‘Strengthen Innovation’
    Steven Elfman has been named president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint Nextel Corp. The position is a new one at Sprint. Starting May 4, Elfman will oversee the network and IT organizations, as well as the wholesale division. That unit is run by Jim ...More
    March 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • CLECs Fight Verizon’s RI Forbearance Petition
    The FCC wants feedback on a motion to dismiss or reject Verizon Communications Inc.’s latest forbearance petition. Initial comments are due April 7; reply comments are due April 14. Verizon is requesting the very relief it didn’t get last year in six Northeastern markets. ...More
    March 24, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • O’Hara’s Departure Paves Way for Change at Level 3
    Level 3 Communications Inc. is trying to fix its integration problems with a management shakeup and deeper attention to systems assimilation, say analysts, but whether the strategy works won’t be known for at least six months. But if the Colorado-based carrier makes the ...More
    March 19, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Mass-Tel Announces Business Partner Program
    TEM consultancy Mass-Tel Communications has launched its Business Partner program, looking for master agents, IT integrators, phone interconnects, VARs and others to sell its telecom audit and expense management products. Mass-Tel said its program offers "rich" commission ...More
    March 18, 2008 By Cara Sievers Posted in News
  • PartnerTel Aquires Bonfire IT
    partnerTel Inc. has acquired Bonfire IT, an Atlanta-based information technology company. Terms of the deal, which closed on March 1, were not revealed. All Bonfire IT employees will remain employed with partnerTel, the company said. The Bonfire IT acquisition will help ...More
    March 18, 2008 By Cara Sievers Posted in News
  • Speakeasy Lures Partners With New Products, Incentives
    Broadband services provider Speakeasy Inc. expects to grow its VoIP business 51 percent over last year, largely with the help of its expanding number of channel partners. Speakeasy also plans to reward those indirect salespeople for their efforts – it already has unveiled a ...More
    March 17, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • Nacchio Wins Appeal for New Trial
    Joe Nacchio, Qwest Communications International Inc.’s former CEO, is getting a new trial. A federal appeals court on Monday said the trial judge last year wrongly excluded testimony that was critical to Nacchio’s defense. A jury convicted Nacchio in April 2007 on 19 counts ...More
    March 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Why Providers’ USF Contribution Factor is Rising
    Service providers are experiencing the effects of fewer contributors paying into the Universal Service Fund (USF). The Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) said on Friday the contribution factor will change from 10.2 percent in the first quarter of 2008 to 11.3 ...More
    March 14, 2008 By Kelly Teal Posted in News
  • AT&T Restructures SMB Partner Program
    In keeping with a new mandate to move from a regional to a national structure, AT&T Inc. also is reorganizing its partner program focused on small and midsized business accounts, PHONE+ learned at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The change in corporate ...More
    March 13, 2008 By Khali Henderson Posted in News