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We Interrupt This Count

Despite Thursday’s decision in the U.S. Senate, the issue of Net neutrality has not been put to rest, as legal challenges are expected from Verizon and some consumer advocates wanting stronger consumer protections.

FCC Opens Unused-Spectrum Proceeding, M2Z Appeals Dismissal

The FCC officially has started a proceeding to determine how it should use the empty 2155 to 2175MHz spectrum band. Several companies had been pressing the FCC to let them lease the spectrum for various purposes. Most notably, M2Z Networks Inc. wanted to build a free, family-friendly wireless broadband Internet network. However, the FCC late […]

Nokia to Acquire Navteq for $8.1 Billion

Nokia said Monday it is buying navigation software maker Navteq Corp. for $8.1 billion. Nokia will pay $78 for each Navteq share including outstanding options. The deal has been approved by both companies boards and is subject to customary closing and regulatory conditions. It is expected to close during the first quarter of 2008. Nokia […]

Successful Advocacy Begins Locally

Comptel was founded more than 26 years ago by entrepreneurs hoping to bring to consumers an alternative to the monopolistic long-distance service of the entrenched Ma Bell, AT&T. Over the years, its members have been a driving force behind the explosion of new technologies and services, including the Internet, on which consumers and businesses depend […]

FCC Allows All Bells to Combine Local, LD Operations

Qwest Communications International Inc. no longer is the only BOC one-stop shop. On Aug. 31, the FCC released an order that allows AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to also combine their local and long-distance operations. Under Section 272 of the 1996 Telecom Act, Bells must provide long-distance service in their own regions through separate […]

No More Horsing Around

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO Second quarter earnings are being reported. As usual, ILEC’s are ringing up big income. But in the channel, the integration is still a work in progress. The Four Horseman seem to have a problem internally. Granted that this is still fairly early. But agents still need to be able to do […]

SunRocket Crashes

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO SunRocket closed its doors this week. No notice to customers. This was a pre-paid $199 for a year (or two in some cases) of service. No refunds will likely be issued. SunRocket just hit 200,000 subscribers. It’s Gizmo hardware is not easily compatible with other services according to most notes I […]

Round Table

On the recent Congressional push to keep Internet access services such as Web hosting tax-free [T]he fledgling industry argument for Internet services in the United States is no longer relevant. Electronic commerce is a mature and important part of the U.S. and international economy. The continued moratorium on taxing charges for Internet access should be […]

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