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SunRocket Crashes

When SunRocket Inc. abruptly shut down this summer, the news seemed to come out of nowhere. But there were signs pointing to the young companys demise that were easily overlooked by an industry mad for VoIP. Numbers from research firm TeleGeography show that SunRockets decline was steady. Nobody really knew for sure what was going […]

Nacchio Sues Over Legal Fees

Former Qwest Communications International Inc. CEO Joe Nacchio has filed a lawsuit in a Delaware court over his legal costs. He said Qwest is balking at paying his legal fees and he is asking the court to require the company to keep footing the bills. Nacchio last month was found guilty on 19 of 42 […]

BSGs Bill2Phone Gives Internet Surfers Purchasing Alternative

Telecom clearinghouse BSG Clearing Solutions (BSG) has devised a way to overcome consumer reluctance to provide credit card information over the Internet. On Monday, the company introduced Bill2Phone, a payment method that lets landline subscribers charge digital content Web purchases to their telephone bills. The interface looks like the typical online credit card form it […]

Democratic Control Promising for Telecom Issues

WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN POWER, telecom insiders predict privacy, net neutrality and FCC proceedings will get more scrutiny from legislators than they did in 2006. Of course, thats if the 110th Congress is even able to address communications matters. The Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, D.C., says Republicans have left incoming […]

A Great New “Door-Opener”

By Dan Baldwin, Telecom Association President A new “black box” technology known as a PBX cellular gateway is raising small business interest and scoring appointments for distributors by helping them show businesses how to lower their cell phone bills without switching carriers. Also known by the term “fixed cellular terminal,” cellular gateways save a business […]

USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the outcome of […]

Rategate.com Offers Free Phone Rate Comparisons

Rategate LLC has launched Rategate.com, a phone rate comparison Web site that helps users lower their phone bills by using 10-10 dial-around providers. Rategate.com lists each companys facts, then objectively ranks each plan based on its per-minute rates and other criteria such as connection fees or surcharges. The site only features companies that offer savings, […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Prohibit Internet Taxation

Congress has introduced legislation affecting a federal excise tax on phone bills dating back to the Spanish- American War in 1898. One bill introduced by the Senate would prohibit the 3 percent tax on phone service from being extended to Internet access while a piece of legislation at the House of Representatives would repeal the […]

Converting Customers to EBPP – Part II – Getting Down to Business

Editor’s Note: This, the second of two articles, addresses migrating consumers to electronic bill payment and presentment. See the PHONE+ September issue to read more about converting consumers to EBPP. E-billing, although not quite the norm, is catching on in the consumer market. Adoption can be attributed, in part, to subscribers growing accustomed to online […]

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