The FTC Takes on the Cloud

The Federal Trade Commission is urging the FCC to take into account the privacy and security concerns it has regarding cloud services when the FCC presents its recommendations for a national broadband policy next month. The FTC is concerned with who has jurisdiction over data as it loses a geographic base and goes to the […]


… On the Justice Departments approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger, with no conditions(see related story) … The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory requirements and the emergence of new technologies in markets for residential local and longdistance service indicate that this transaction is not likely to harm consumer welfare. The proposed acquisition does […]

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

No Surprises in McDowell FCC Confirmation Hearing

Robert M. McDowell looks to be a shoo-in for fifth commissioners seat at the FCC. The Senate Commerce Committee today held a brief hearing on McDowells nomination and Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said he plans to take McDowells name to the full Senate on March 16 for full confirmation. One of the committees biggest concerns […]

CIMCO Group Aims to Boost Security

CIMCO Communications Inc. has formed the CIMCO Professional Services Group to help customers secure their networks and augment their IT resources amid growing security concerns. A recent survey of 300 CIOs by the Society for Information Management listed security as the third most important concern behind business/IT alignment and strategic planning. The CIMCO Professional Services […]

Regulatory News – New FCC Lineup, Uneven Rules Fuel Competitors’ Concerns

Posted: 04/2001 New FCC Lineup, Uneven Rules Fuel Competitors’ Concerns As the second quarter of the year begins, several significant policy issues stand to affect the competitive telecommunications industry, including regulation of competitive carriers and the unbundled network element platform (UNE-P). Add to this the changing faces at the FCC (, as well as prolonged restructuring […]

Regulatory News – Competitors Gain Ground Against Verizon in Massachusetts

Posted: 02/2001 Competitors Gain Ground Against Verizon in Massachusetts By Kim Sunderland Verizon Communication’s ( application to provide InterLATA services in Massachusetts "came close" to meeting the FCC’s approval standard, but not close enough after concerns emerged regarding its high-speed Internet service. Because Verizon withdrew its bid at the 11th hour–in mid-December–it now won’t gain a […]

Regulatory News – Telecom Law 2001

Posted: 01/2001 Telecom Law 2001 Policymakers Stand on the Threshold of New Rules Rising By Kim Sunderland From a telecommunications policy standpoint, 2001 is expected to be tougher than last year for competitive carriers. Regulators, lawmakers, politicians, judges and pundits will be watching issues that stand to change local competition. Regardless of the policies that emerge, […]

Agent Poll Reveals Community Concerns

Posted: 06/1999 Agent Poll Reveals Community Concerns by Kathy Katcher Most agents are concerned with similar issues. How-ever, due to the lack of communication between one agent and the next, as well as the lack of communication between carriers, each agent or carrier feels he or she is the first to have such concerns. As […]

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