Posted: 10/2002

News Briefs

* In early August, BellSouth
filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
seeking a restraining order and injunction against UNE-P reseller Access
Integrated Networks Inc.
, a competitive carrier serving small business
customers in the Southeast. BellSouth alleges AIN has repeatedly misrepresented
its affiliation with BellSouth in a bid to book business.

Rodney Page, AIN’s senior vice
president of marketing and strategic development, said attorneys for both
companies were negotiating to settle the disputes and AIN executives
"assumed, frankly, that we were moving along to getting this thing settled
to everybody’s satisfaction."

AIN, which serves between 30,000 and
35,000 small business customers, traditionally has used independent sales
agents. In May the company began retaining telemarketers and subsequently found
that one telemarketing firm had misbehaved, Page said. Based on an internal
investigation, he said, AIN suspended one of the telemarketing firms and placed
stringent controls on the other firm.

* UNE-P reseller EPICUS Inc.
launched Freedom Rings at Work business communication services, the commercial
equivalent to its Freedom Rings at Home bundled local and long distance service.
The service also has been rolled out to its sales partners, which are utility
companies that resell the EPICUS product line as an add-on service.

The new plan consists of four
options, including basic single-line service, multiline service with three
FreedomFeatures, multiline service with the complete FreedomFeatures suite and
multiline service bundled with the FreedomFeatures suite and the new
FreedomExtended expanded local calling zones.

* MVNO enabler Visage Mobile
announced Brian David has joined the company as vice president of business
development. David comes to Visage Mobile from Moxi Digital. He was executive
director of channel strategy and development for NorthPoint Communications,
where he led the DSL provider’s push into nonstandard channels, developing
direct retail distribution and partnerships with MSN and Verizon Online. His
career also includes consulting as part of Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs
& Co.

* As of Dec. 31, 2001, CLECs
reported to the FCC that they are providing about 22 percent of their switched
access lines by reselling the services of other carriers. This is a decline from
43 percent two years earlier. They also reported about 47 percent by means of
UNE loops, including the UNE-Platform, leased from other carriers. This is an
increase from 24 percent two years earlier. The remainder of CLEC lines was
provided over local-loop facilities owned by the CLECs.

ILECs reported providing about 21
percent more UNE loops with switching (including the UNE-Platform) to other
carriers at the end of 2001 as they reported six months earlier (5.8 million
compared to 4.8 million) and about 16 percent more UNE loops without switching
(3.7 million compared to 3.2 million) six months earlier.

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Source: FCC






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