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Metro carrier OnFiber Inc. has acquired most of the assets and approximately 15 customer contracts from Massachusetts-based C2C Fiber Networks for an undisclosed sum. The C2C Fiber network covers about 350 route miles in 25 communities in the Boston area. The customer contracts OnFiber acquired are mostly with carriers. OnFiber plans to retain most of C2C’s 15 employees, but, as of late June, details were being worked out.

Wholesale services provider Volo Communications Inc. has appointed Lew Brownfield and Sterling Winn as sales managers, completing the development of the company’s senior management team. The two will report to Ron Harden, Volo’s executive vice president.

Aleron Broadband Services, the wholesale subsidiary of PowerNet Global Communications (PNG), is launching ATM-grade SLAs for IP services for its wholesale customers purchasing VoIP, IP VPNs and transit. PNG/Aleron is now guaranteeing worst-case latency and jitter levels for the industrys first ATMGrade IP-VPNs (point-to-point worst-case latency under 65ms and worst-case jitter under 0.5ms). In addition, PNG/Aleron guarantees that point-to-point worst-case latency and jitter for VoIP SLAs never will exceed 65ms and 0.5ms, respectively. The upgrade is made possible by Aleron Broadband’s recent deployment of Axiowave Networks’ XCR128 service convergence router across its IP network.

The United States Telecom Association says Verizon Communications Inc. Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg will be a keynote speaker during the opening general session Oct. 11 of USTA’s annual show Oct. 9 – Oct. 13 in Las Vegas.

WilTel Communications has unveiled Focal Point, a hub-and-spoke data network service the company says enables carriers and enterprise customers to create a price-predictable means of aggregating lower speed data and IP traffic from several geographically dispersed locations to one high-speed circuit at a central location. Customers can choose either 14 or 28 DS1 private line connections from remote locations that are aggregated into a single DS3 circuit at the Focal Point. In addition, customers can bundle DS1 dedicated Internet access from the Focal Point using either option.

WindChannel Communications Inc. will lease First Avenue Networks’ licensed wireless spectrum to build out its fixed wireless network. WindChannel, a Raleigh, N.C.-based provider of high-speed wireless Internet and data transfer services, will use the spectrum in six markets in North and South Carolina for aggregating points of presence, building-to-building connectivity for metro customers, enterprise connectivity, customer access and backhaul. WindChannel targets medium to large enterprises, municipal private networks and carriers seeking last-mile local loop solutions.

Leucadia National Corp. is seeking to acquire controlling interest – at least 50 percent - of MCI Inc.’s common stock, MCI has announced. Federal antitrust law requires permission of the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice before the deal can be completed. The waiting period for the filing is set to expire Aug. 9, unless the FTC grants early termination or requests additional information, according to the MCI statement. Leucadia, a New-York-based investment company, helped WilTel Communications Group Inc. emerge from bankruptcy in 2002. Leucadia obtained a 44 percent stake in WilTel and later sought to acquire the remaining shares in the company. Leucadia subsequently withdrew its request to buy the remaining shares in WilTel.

Aleron Broadband Services
C2C Fiber Networks
First Avenue Networks
Last Mile Connections
OnFiber Inc.
PowerNet Global Communications
United States Telecom Association
Universal Access Global Holdings Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.
Volo Communications Inc.
WilTel Communications
WindChannel Communications

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