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TELE-SCOPE

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 – DEC. 21) Peace, dude. Sagittarius is the hippie of the Zodiac. This intellectual, yet jovial, archer is a laid-back, warm and friendly freedom-lover. Sagittarius has probably been voted Most Likely to Wear a Flower in Their Hair, Most Likely to Still Play Vinyl or Most Likely to Make Millions off a […]

Soap Box

AS CHIEF COUNSEL AND LEGISLATIVE director for Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in the mid-90s, I and my colleagues on the Hill worked tirelessly negotiating and drafting key provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that would spur competition and innovation. Congress laid the groundwork for the FCC to implement pro-competitive and pro-consumer policies. Pioneering upstarts were […]

COMPTEL Names New Regulatory Affairs VP

Competitive carrier association COMPTEL said on Tuesday it has hired Karen Reidy as its vice president of regulatory affairs. Reidy replaces Jason Oxman, who left COMPTEL earlier this year for a position with another organization. Reidy previously worked as counsel at MCI for nine years. She received her B.S from the University of Maryland and […]

Kelley Drye & Warren Partners Present Regulatory, Business Panels

For the second consecutive COMPTEL show, experts from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP will lead a series of panels examining new rules and pending regulatory matters that impact IP-based service, alternative last-mile facilities, wireless resale and other significant next-generation business plans. First up, from 8 – 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, is the seminar The […]

iPass to Acquire GoRemote

iPass Inc. said today it will buy GoRemote Internet Communications Inc., a rival broadband service provider, for $76.5 million. Once all approvals are met, iPass expects to close the deal in the first quarter of 2006. iPass primarily targets users such as salespeople and business travelers, while GoRemote focuses on remote workers and retailers. iPass […]

VSNL to Buy Wholesaler Teleglobe

Wholesale provider Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. said today it has agreed to be acquired by Indian provider Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL). VSNL will pay $239 million for Teleglobe.Teleglobes board of directors has approved the transaction, which should close in the next six to eight months. Reuters India reported VSNL officials said today the deal […]

Four Acceris Board Members Resign

Four key members of Acceris Communications Inc.s board of directors have resigned as the company moves toward an anticipated buyout by Matrix Telecom. Acceris said today that company president Kelly Murumets and three members James Meenan, Frank Tanki and William Lomicka all have resigned from the board. Acceris said in a statement their experience may […]

Congress Sure to Revisit ’96 Act in 2005, Panelists Say

A serious review of the 1996 Telecommunications Act in the next Congress was a virtual certainty, according to key professional staff members from both the House of Representatives and the Senate during an appearance before the ALTS 2004 Business and Policy Conference this week. They said legislation likely would not occur until the second session, […]

Round Table

ROUNDTABLE… ON RULES THE FCC RELEASED FREEING THE BIGGEST LOCAL PHONE COMPANIES FROM OBLIGATIONS TO SHARE LOCAL LOOPS WITH COMPETITORS IF THEY BUILD A FIBER NETWORK WITHIN 500 FEET OF A HOME OR SMALL BUSINESS. “This relief was necessary to restore incentives to make substantial investments of capital, which come with no assurance of any […]

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