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Eureka/InfoHighway announced as of Feb. 1 it will be called InfoHighway Communications. The new entity was created from the merger of two Northeast carriers in August 2005. The new logo brings together components of both companys corporate identities. While the new company is a combination of the past, it has a unique identity,” says Peter Karoczkai, vice president of marketing.

Wireless reseller Telispire has chosen MobileSpheres CarrierILD platform so it can offer international long-distance service to its MVNO subscribers. CarrierILD is a turnkey platform that includes online provisioning, real-time billing, antifraud and reporting, and international termination to 220 countries. Telispire was established in 2000. It provides private-label, nationwide wireless resale services to ILECs, CLECs and universities.

Verio Inc. released its Verio Reseller Business Tools, which help viaVerio resellers manage their businesses. The company said the $29.95-per-month service helps VARs automate billing, accounting, reporting and other tasks more easily so they can spend more time on sales and customer service.

AOL on the Run

Everyone wants to be fast. Thats the premise behind America Online Inc.s new ad campaign for its AOL High Speed service, which features regular people effortlessly keeping up with elite athletes who are competing in skiing, cycling, swimming and other sports. The pitch, of course, is to urge AOL members to keep pace with a new high-speed connection.

Its not only AOL members that are falling behind. In the ISP race, AOL is trailing.

The companys high-speed offer is being facilitated by partnerships with AT&T Inc., BellSouth Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc., Time Warner Cable and Verizon Communications Inc.

Consumers in these carriers markets, which reach a majority of AOL members, will be able to access the AOL service with a high-speed connection for as low as $25.90.

With many of those same companies offering equivalent access speeds for as much as 50 percent less, it will be interesting to see if the AOL membership will provide consumers with enough value to propel the ISP a little longer.

AOL Inc.
AT&T Inc.
BellSouth Corp.
InfoHighway Communications
MobileSphere Ltd.
Qwest Communications International Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Verizon Communications Inc.

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