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Ernie Kelly

THEN: In 1987, Ernie Kelly was working for the Communications Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) as director of government relations. AT&T was the big boy on the telecom block, doing everything it could to bully and intimidate competitors, he recalls of that year. NOW: Today, he is a self-employed consultant in the telecom industry, a role that […]

TelCove Growth Continues

TelCove (Booth 305), a provider of telecommunications services to enterprise customers and carriers, says its Carrier Services Group continues to expand its portfolio of carrier products and markets served. Since last Februarys CompTel/ASCENT event, TelCove has announced alternative access solutions to carriers challenged by the FCC ruling on unbundled network elements. Additionally, with the acquisition […]

Telcos, Cablecos Aid Disaster Relief Efforts

Dozens of telecom and cable companies are mobilizing to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, ranging from suspending bill-pay requirements to donating financial aid and communications equipment. For example, cable provider Cox Communications said today it is suspending billing from Aug. 29 until services are restored for customers in the New Orleans area. Cox’s first […]

Members OK CompTel/ASCENT, ALTS Merger

The members of CompTel/ASCENT and the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) voted last week to approve the merger of the two organizations. The merger, which will be completed March 1, combines more than 350 companies in support of the development and deployment of competitive communications networks and services for consumers and businesses. CompTel/ASCENT on […]

The Leader and the Damage Done

  No sooner had the stardust started settling in Washington following the inaugural to celebrate George Bush’s second term in office when word came out that Michael Powell, chairman of the FCC during Bush’s first term, was retiring from his post. My initial response was, “Boy, that’s wonderful news, but about two years too late.” […]

Solidarity to Strengthen Competitors Voice in the Face of More Changes

2005 will bring a number of changes to the telecommunications industry, from an anticipated rewrite of the Telecom Act and implementation of the FCCs Triennial Review Remand Order, to more widespread deployment of VoIP and other new technologies, and an evolution in the type of providers delivering services to consumers and businesses. CompTel/ASCENT leaders at […]

Members OK CompTel/ASCENT, ALTS Merger

The members of CompTel/ASCENT and the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) voted last week to approve the merger of the two organizations. The merger, which will be completed March 1, combines more than 350 companies in support of the development and deployment of competitive communications networks and services for consumers and businesses. CompTel/ASCENT on […]

Expo Draws Praise from Exhibitors

CompTel/ASCENT got off to a strong start this week, with exhibitors giving the show high marks for attendance, quality leads and positive energy. This shows always been great, says Emily Hope, marketing communications specialist at Tekelec (Booth 317), adding that the company is generating good-quality leads at the show. Telekec is one of 150 exhibitors […]

Long Storey Short: Be Smart, Drive Change

Jeff Storey, president and CEO of WilTel Communications, delivered his keynote address at the CompTel/ASCENT convention with the dry humor characteristic of WilTels signature marketing campaign featuring editorial cartoons by Fred Hilliard. Indeed, the kickoff slide was just such a cartoon depicting screaming telecom executives on a roller coaster ride. The caption: Telecom. The thrill […]

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