– MCI marked a fresh start as it emerged April 20 from the biggest bankruptcy case in U.S. history. The No. 2 longdistance phone company declared bankruptcy two years ago, disclosing about $11 billion in accounting fraud. The company has replaced its board of directors and management team and implemented several ethical policies aimed to […]

Game Over for UNE-P?

To say that CLECs have had a difficult time would be an understatement by anyone’s standards. Following meteoric rises in valuation on the heels of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stock market declines and restricted market penetration led to a shakeout that ultimately left standing fewer than 80 of the 330 CLECs that were operating […]

New Connections

The Spring 2004 CompTel/ASCENT Alliance Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., was reminiscent of the industry’s heyday, drawing more than 2,500 visitors and a sold-out expo hall. The first combined show of the newly merged association featured a keynote speech by FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin, various educational workshops, board elections, the return of the “big […]


Posted: 7/2003 News Briefs FatPipe Networks has released version 3.0 of its MultiPath VPN box (MPVPN) for sale through VARs and master agents. It is specifically designed to support VPN infrastructures. Its core functionality bonds any combination of multiple connections of T3, E3, T1, E1, DSL, cable or wireless connections to create a virtual fatpipe […]

Carrier Channel: Can CLEC Cooperation Break the Last-Mile Bottleneck?

Posted: 4/2003 Can CLEC Cooperation Break the Last-Mile Bottleneck? By Tara Seals James Martino, president and CEO for Last Mile Connections Inc., says he has the ultimate technological solution for competitive telecom providers: A way to beat the Bell stranglehold over the last mile. Martino’s dream is to create a national alliance of CLECs and […]

Solving Telecom’s Network Gap

Six traders in Suite 2200 of 61 Broadway spend most of their day on the phone aiming to broker deals among carriers needing connectivity to buildings in the Big Apple. Last Mile Connections, a privately held company employing these traders, is attempting to solve the challenges telephone companies face when they need to extend their […]

Carrier Channel: Minute By Minute

Posted: 10/2002 Minute By Minute Facilities-Based Exchanges Continue to Woo Risk-Averse Carriers By Khali Henderson DESPITE CONTRACTION AMONG international long-distance minutes exchanges, the survivors report they are profiting from carriers’ quest to manage both risk and margins. Curt Hockemeier The enduring exchanges — Arbinet-thexchange Inc. and Band-X Ltd. — both report increases in business in […]

Phone Plus Prepaid: industry news

Posted: 09/2002 industry news GPA Reorganizes Management Team By Tara Seals Global Prepaid Alliance Inc. CEO Lenn Brown became chairman of the board at the International Prepaid Communications Association (IPCA) and two of GPA’s executives — John Gill, president, and Eddie Pena, regional vice president of sales — have left the company. In May, the […]


Posted: 10/2001 FLYIN’ HIGH IP VPNs Rev Up SMB Service for Resellers, Partners By Tara Seals We all know most SUVs never will stray from asphalt streets. Still many Americans happily shell out thousands of dollars to have the option of traveling unpaved territory. It’s no surprise to see the trailblazing craze also driving business […]

Trading Desk – To Pool or Not to Pool? That is the Question

Posted: 08/2001 Trading Desk To Pool or Not to Pool? That is the Question By Tara Seals LighTrade Inc. ( and Enron Broadband Services (EBS, are the only two players investing in the construction of bandwidth delivery pooling points for the trading community, but they believe they have the right solution for an emerging […]

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