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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 […]

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 […]

Telecom Links

Trade Associations Analyst/Consulting Firms Federal Regulatory Agencies State Regulatory Agencies Trade Associations Association for Local Telecommunications Services www.alts.org California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL) www.caltel.org Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association www.wow-com.com COMPTEL www.comptel.org DSL Center www.dslcenter.com  (This site has info on DSL and ISPs.) Also includes link to www.dsl-service-providers.net to search for ISPs that […]

BellSouth Shareholders Approve Deal With AT&T

BellSouth Corp. shareholders on Friday morning voted overwhelmingly to approve the companys $67 billion merger with AT&T Inc., despite misgivings from employees about the future of their jobs and retirement benefits. This is a significant step in the merger approval process, said F. Duane Ackerman, BellSouths chairman and CEO. He said preliminary results indicated the […]

Judge Not Prepared to Rubber-Stamp DoJ Megamerger Approvals

The continued post-merger scrutiny of the combinations of AT&T Corp. and SBC Communications, and Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. could mean the Department of Justice and the FCC will have a harder time approving the melding of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. A federal judge on Wednesday made no decisions as to whether the […]

Treasury Department Repeals Excise Tax on Long-Distance Calls

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it would concede the legal fight over the federal excise tax on long-distance telephone service, and require the IRS to issue refunds to consumers and businesses for proceeds paid over the past three years. The 3 percent tax originally was established in 1898 as a “luxury” tax on […]

COMPTEL to Ask Judge for Inquiry Into AT&T/Verizon Divestiture Requirements

Competitive carrier association COMPTEL will go to court on May 10 to ask for permission to intervene in the Justice Departments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks, as part of the conditions for approving their takeovers of AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc., respectively. The DoJ last […]

WSJ: Treasury Department Might Cut Phone Excise Tax

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday the U.S. Treasury Department is developing a plan to discontinue a 3 percent federal excise tax on long-distance and wireless telephone calls. The paper also said the government is considering refunding billions of dollars to consumers and businesses that have paid the tax. “Government officials are holding closely […]

NTIA Head Steps Down

The head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Commerce Department said this week he will step down in early 2006, the New York Times reported. Michael D. Gallagher had been in the race to head the FCC after Michael Powell resigned; he lost to Kevin J. Martin. The Times said Gallagher played […]

Ohio PUC Approves SBC-AT&T Merger

Ohios Public Utilities Commission today approved SBC Communications Inc.s takeover of AT&T Corp. The Arizona Corporation Commission also is expected to act on the merger today and the California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on the issue Nov. 18. Ohio PUC commissioners decided the merger is entirely consistent with the thrust of telecommunications […]

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