M&A

Features mergers and acquisitions that have a direct impact on the telecom and IT channels.

 

BellSouth Wholesale Under New Management

LIKE THE OTHER MEGAMERGERS before it, the $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. is not likely to be denied, but will face challenges from competitors seeking network access as a condition of the merger, which creates the largest telephone company in the country. AT&T will rebrand BellSouth and Cingular under the AT&T […]

Is Bigger Better?

Theres a scene in the animated movie Iron Giant where the 50-foot-tall, metal-eating extraterrestrial robot is blown apart. Each arm, leg, nut and bolt has a homing beacon that recalls them back to the machines head and body, allowing it to rebuild anew. This same thing seems to be happening in the telecom industry with […]

Round Table

… ON THE APPROVALS OF THE VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. MERGER WITH MCI INC. AND THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TAKEOVER OF AT&T CORP. THE FCC AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADDED RIDERS TO THE DEALS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THE COMPANIES TO OFFER NAKED DSL, AND EXTEND SPECIAL ACCESS AND UNBUNDLED NETWORK ELEMENT PRICING. The conditions included in the […]

FCC Imposes Wholesale Conditions on Megamergers

The FCC has blessed the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. and the takeover of AT&T Corp. by SBC Communications Inc., but not without levying several wholesale conditions to which the companies all must adhere. Despite their opposition to the mergers, CLECs did win some tradeoffs thanks to Democratic commissioners. FCC Chairman Kevin […]

The Internet is the New PSTN

By Earl Comstock The CompTel fall show is shaping up to be a huge success, evidence perhaps that the competitive communications industry is on the rebound. There is a certain buzz in the air as entrepreneurs gather to make deals, see the newest technology, and learn more about the business potential of WiMAX, BPL, VoIP […]

Special Access Pricing Debate

Posted: 07/2005 Special Access Pricing Debate Heats Up By Josh Long Rivals of the two largest regional phone companies in the United States are urging federal regulators to ensure that SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. be required to divest assets and offer wholesale network access to thousands of commercial buildings at regulated rates […]

Alliance: Put Brakes on Mergers

In a regulatory battle of David versus Goliath, a group of telecom companies has united to oppose planned megamergers that would help two regional phone giants grow stronger while ending the sovereignty of AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc. Former FCC Chief Economist Simon Wilkie is among a team of experts retained by competitive telecommunictions providers […]

Rules of the Game

Do you remember when tic-tac-toe ceased being fun? It was when you were about five years old and your opponent - an older sibling most likely - blocked your threein- a-row at every turn. For every two Xs you placed, an O would follow. That’s a little like what’s going on in the telecom services industry - only […]

Congress Weighs In on Megamergers

Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey blames federal regulators for the planned megamergers that will shrink the pool of big U.S. phone companies. The Democrat, a ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, says the FCC ‘closed the door’ on long-distance phone companies’ ability to compete in the local residential market. “The FCC’s […]

One down …

For the competitive industry, Jan. 31 was not a good day. It lost its champion when SBC Communications Inc. announced it would acquire AT&T Corp. In many ways, the months leading up to the fateful day already betrayed the waning spirit/power of the once almighty American telephone company. Blows incurred over the remanded Triennial Review […]

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