• 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
  • Level 3: ‘Integration is Top Priority’
    Following Kevin O’Hara’s departure as president and COO from Level 3 Communications Inc. earlier this week, the carrier’s integration troubles are making headlines again. Although Level 3 spokespeople would not confirm a link, many analysts have speculated that the ...More
    March 13, 2008 By Khali Henderson Posted in News
  • Time Warner Telecom to Change Name
    Time Warner Telecom Inc. said Wednesday it will change its name to tw telecom inc. on July 1. Until then, Time Warner Telecom will co-brand with the tw telecom name while completing necessary legal, marketing and regulatory requirements. “The time is right to focus our ...More
    March 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Channel Partners: TMC Unveils Lower Rates
    TMC Communications (Booth 1308-1310), a nationally tariffed telecommunications company offering a range of voice and data services to businesses nationwide, announced it has renegotiated contracts with several leading carriers to provide agents with lower rates on products ...More
    March 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Channel Partners: Roundtable Session Addresses Master Agent's Changing Role
    As a cornerstone of telecommunications sales, master agents play an integral role as intermediaries between carriers and subagents. However, many in the telecom arena might have noticed the role of master agents evolving beyond their traditional business models. Michael ...More
    March 11, 2008 By Cara Sievers Posted in News
  • Channel Partners: ECI Prepares Commercial Launch
    Ernest Communications Inc. (ECI, Booth 1605-1607) said it is deploying a complete line of facilities-based products and services in key markets throughout the United States. ECI has been testing facilities for 12 months and is preparing the commercial launch to its indirect ...More
    March 11, 2008 Posted in News