Round Table

Posted: 2/2002 Round Table   On FCC enforcement of Bell Section 271 compliance …  “As the BOCs continue to gain Section 271 approvals, the bureau may be getting more 271 complaints on backsliding in the coming months. We’re committed to handling them as quickly as we can. But [remember that] the purpose of enforcement is […]

Regulatory News – Strike Two Against Verizon Long Distance

Posted: 12/2000 Strike Two Against Verizon Long Distance By Kim Sunderland For the second time this year, Verizon Communications (www.verizon.com) has cut a deal with federal regulators to pay a hefty amount to the U.S. Treasury (www.ustreas.gov) in exchange for its termination of an investigation against the BOC. In each instance, the FCC (www.fcc.gov) was investigating […]

Business News – FCC Bureau Chief Resigns

Posted: 08/2000 FCC Bureau Chief Resigns By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission Common Carrier Bureau Chief Lawrence E. Strickling has resigned.Since November 1998, Strickling has presided over arguably the most controversial period at the FCC (www.fcc.gov) since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed into law. He guided the FCC bureau’s staff through the RBOC […]

Opcenter: Convergent Billing the ASP Way

Posted: 07/2000 Convergent Billing the ASP Way By Khali Henderson Small and startup telecom service providers have long availed themselves of the cost and time-to-market advantages of outsourcing their billing services to a third-party service bureau as an alternative to developing an in-house billing system. Now, there may be a middle ground.Changes in computing technology […]

Business News – BUSINESS NEWS

Posted: 05/2000 BUSINESS NEWSTeleCon, InformationView Enter Teaming AgreementTeleCon LLC (www.teleconllc.com) and InformationView Corp. (www.informationview.com) have signed an agreement for TeleConSB, a division of TeleCon LLC, to use InformationView’s applications as one of its platform solutions. TeleConSB provides a full range of services to clients for the management and control of telecommunication costs.The agreement allows TeleConSB […]

Entering the Third Phase of Regulation

Posted:  01/2000 Entering the Third Phase of Regulation By Kim Sunderland It follows naturally that after the spring comes summer; after the rain comes sunshine; after pregnancy comes birth; and after life comes death. The world of telecom regulation isn’t any different. Because the rules of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are law and the […]

Best of Both Worlds

Posted: 10/1999 Best of Both Worlds Billing Outsourcers Offer Hybrid Solution for Carriers By Susan Helen Moran Billing vendors are changing their traditional outsourcing offerings and adding electronic billing to the mix to meet carriers’ growing strategic billing requirements, as a new hybrid of outsourced and in-house billing evolves. Driving this evolution are a growing […]

CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau

Posted: 08/1999 CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform should include creation of a new Competition Bureau that would streamline agency processes and be more apt at dealing with industry changes and technological convergence, the Washington-based Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. CompTel’s June 28 comments are in response to […]

Business News – ADDS, MOVES & CHANGES

Posted: 08/1999 ADDS, MOVES & CHANGES Roy A. Wilkens Roy A. Wilkens has joined the board of directors for Williams Communications Group Inc., Tulsa, Okla. Wilkens, president and CEO of WilTel until it was acquired by LDDS Communications (now MCI WorldCom Inc.), will serve as an independent director and non-executive chairman of the board. Williams […]

Qwest Throws Down Services Gauntlet with Microsoft Deal

Posted: 02/1999 Qwest Throws Down Services Gauntlet with Microsoft Deal By Peter Lambert New-generation backbone carrier Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, won’t remain content as a long distance pipe seller for long, now that it’s powered by Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp.’s technology and services. Qwest’s new business services unit will attempt to couple far-reaching packet […]

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