Verizon Closes MCI Acquisition

Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. today closed on their $8.5 billion merger, which was announced in mid-2005 after a bitter battle between Verizon and Qwest Communications International Inc. for the long-distance carrier. Under terms of the merger agreement, MCI shareholders will receive 0.5743 shares of Verizon and cash for each of their MCI shares. […]

Battle Looming to Reform the Law

AT&T Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. are among the giants gearing up for a battle on Capitol Hill over reform of telecommunications laws. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are expected to study such issues as Internet phone service, taxes and universal service subsidies as part of a sweeping examination […]

Drawing Battle Lines

A great telecommunications debate is brewing. Numerous coalitions have assembled a number of proposals to replace the system governing how phone companies pay one another to complete calls. Billions of dollars are at stake, and the issues are as complex and emotionally charged as the battle that has been raging over the fate of wholesale […]


Posted: 3/2004 Transition Joan Sklar Former wholesale executive Joan Sklar, 53, died Jan. 2, 2004, after a 13-year battle with breast cancer. Sklar retired from her post as vice president of wholesale services for ITS/iTelsa in 1998 due to her illness. Her telecom career spanned nearly two decades and included work for long distance, operator […]

CLEC Battle Moves from Balance Sheet to FCC

Posted: 7/2003 CLEC Battle Moves from Balance Sheet to FCC By Josh Long The battle the competitive industry faces has shifted from the balance sheet to state capitols, public utility commissions and the 8th floor of the Federal Communications Commission. At the ASCENT 2003 Spring Conference and Networking Center in mid-May, staff members called upon […]

If FCC Chairman is Defeated, Will Bells Embrace UNE-P?

It is no revelation that the Bells are likely to appeal an FCC decision tomorrow on local phone regulations if the federal agency, as widely anticipated, cedes authority to state regulators, letting them determine where and when to remove the incumbents’ obligations to lease their networks to rivals at deeply discounted rates. What remains uncertain […]

Broadband Battle Balloons

Posted: 05/2002 Broadband Battle Balloons Bush Administration Begins to Take Notice, Seeks Avenues of Increased National Deployment By Kim SunderlandAFTER MONTHS OF INTERNAL DELIBERATION, the executive branch is beginning to stake out a position on broadband regulation. How and when it finally does will be a critical factor in the outcome of the broadband battle, […]

Wholesale Channel:   NextWave Settlement Remains in Limbo

Posted: 2/2002 Wholesale Channel NextWave Settlement Remains in Limbo By Kim Sunderland Mobile telephone companies want a resolution to the lengthy dispute over wireless licenses held by bankrupt NextWave Telecom Inc., just as further involvement by Congress and now the U.S. Supreme Court becomes a heavier cloud hanging in an already overcast sky. “Industry players […]

Business News – Qwest, Global Crossing in Battle of Wits, Wallets Over Frontier, US WEST

Posted: 08/1999 Qwest, Global Crossing in Battle of Wits, Wallets Over Frontier, US WEST By Liz Montalbano As if summer wasn’t hot enough, Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. heated up the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) pool by challenging Hamilton, Bermuda-based Global Crossing Ltd.’s proposed mergers with Denver-based US WEST Inc. and Rochester, N.Y.-based Frontier Corp. […]

Broadband Battle Moves to Hill

Posted: 07/1999 Broadband Battle Moves to Hill By Kim Sunderland Both houses of Congress are poised to consider proposed legislation that attempts to tackle the thorny issue of broadband, which seems possessed by few and desired by the masses. Broadband is transmission equipment with a greater bandwidth than a voice-grade line that enables it to […]

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