Covista Commercial Agent Program Returns

Covista Communications is getting back into the commercial business, following the Aug. 14 expiration of a noncompete agreement in connection with the Aug. 14, 2004 acquisition of its commercial base by PAETEC Communications Inc. The re-entry also means the company has relaunched its commercial agent program.

We are back in the commercial market, said President and CEO Frank Pazera. This week [at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo] we are basically launching the new Covista.

The company has continued to service residential customers throughout its footprint, which covers Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee. And, said Pazera, the company also continued to provide service to businesses in Tennessee where it was not restrained by the noncompete agreement.

Covista is rolling out a commercial service called Simply Business, which bundles unlimited local with low-cost long-distance service. Features, such as call waiting and call forwarding, etc. are available for an extra charge under standard rate plans but are included in the Deluxe rate plan. Optional voice mail and inside wire maintenance services are available add-ons. In addition, month-to-month terms are available for $5 per line per month.

Covista is preparing to install its first softswitch in its Chattanooga headquarters, said Pazera. The softswitch comes online in October and the company will roll out a new suite of VoIP services called ZoneX. Product details are not yet available.

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