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Weve Come a Long Way

This month marks the 20th anniversary of PHONE+. Most of you know that we have been celebrating all year long, but since October was the official launch issue, I wanted to note the occasion by thanking all of our readers for sticking with us over the past two decades. Surprisingly, many of you have been […]

Not Necessarily News

Phone Usage: Women Closing the Gap AT&T Inc. has announced that women are catching up with men in cell phone usage, according to an annual poll commissioned by the company. According to the survey of approximately 1,000 users, men average 458 minutes of monthly wireless phone usage, and women average 453 minutes. Historically, the gap […]

Round TABLE

On the conclusion of the Tunney Act-based case challenging the Justice Departments 2005 approval of the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers that opponents said harm the public interest The government need not prove that the settlements will perfectly remedy the alleged antitrust harms; it need only provide a factual basis for concluding that the settlements are […]

Case Closed: Judge Says Megamergers Serve Public Interest

After nearly a year of deliberations, a federal judge has decided that the 2005 Bell megamergers were in the public interest. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan released a 56-page order on Thursday that reaffirmed the Justice Departments 2005 consent decree conditionally clearing the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers. Sullivan said his task was limited under the law […]

IP Telesis Adds CFO, VP of Sales

IP Telesis (Booths 306-308), a wholesale VoIP services provider, announced the addition of industry veterans, Gene Nielsen and Dan Guenther to its executive management team. Nielsen was hired as the new CFO to manage the daily operations of the IP Telesis finance and accounting department and to head up mergers and acquisitions as IP Telesis […]

ROUND TABLE

… 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 […]

BillSoft Gains Certification From Florida Department of Revenue

BillSoft Inc. (Booth 720) announced that its EZGeo and EZGeo Online tax jurisdiction assignment products have received CST Database Certification by the State of Florida Department of Revenue for address to jurisdiction assignment. The Florida Department of Revenue requires an overall accuracy rate of 95 percent for certification. EZGeo and EZGeo Online surpassed this rating […]

ROUND TABLE

… On a federal courts ongoing review of recent megamergers and whether the governments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks was sufficient and in the public interest … The Department of Justice has never made the case that its flimsy settlement protects the public from the […]

Excise Tax on Communications Ends

Service providers no longer are paying the 3 percent federal excise tax on longdistance, wireless, VoIP, prepaid and other communications traffic. The collection end date was Aug. 1, but some carriers, including Verizon Communications Inc., stopped earlier. The U.S. Treasury Department in May 2006 said it would concede the legal fight over the federal excise […]

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