One Communications Consolidates Direct Billing, Increases Marketing Efforts with OSG

OSG Billing Services is using the COMPTEL PLUS show this week as an opportunity to promote its recent win to manage invoice presentment and distribution services for One Communications, the largest privately held CLEC in the United States. The service provider was created as a result of a merger between CTC, Conversent and Choice One […]

PAETEC CEO: ‘We Need to Work Better Together’

“We need to work better together,” said Arunas Chesonis, CEO of PAETEC Communications Inc., in his keynote yesterday, addressing an audience of competitive providers. “We are just a small part of the telecom universe,” he said. “We should do more work together. …We are not each other’s real competition.” Chesonis, who has been in the […]

AT&T Showcases Network Disaster Recovery at TelecomNEXT

Rather than sticking exclusively to its IPTV message at TelecomNEXT, AT&T Inc. this week at the show in Las Vegas is heavily emphasizing its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) efforts. AT&T has parked specially equipped tractor-trailers on the TelecomNEXT exhibit floor to demonstrate the companys ability to quickly restore services to its business and government customers […]

Efforts to Reform USF Gain Momentum, Incite Controversy

As the FCC considers reformation of the Universal Service Fund, Congress has its own ideas for change. Meanwhile, the Keep USF Fair Coalition is taking sides against the FCC and Chairman Kevin Martins support of a numbers-based system, and professing ideas more in line with a newly proposed House bill. The numbers-based system would assess […]

Telcos, Cablecos Aid Disaster Relief Efforts

Dozens of telecom and cable companies are mobilizing to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, ranging from suspending bill-pay requirements to donating financial aid and communications equipment. For example, cable provider Cox Communications said today it is suspending billing from Aug. 29 until services are restored for customers in the New Orleans area. Cox’s first […]

Qwest Backs Out of Fight for MCI

After months of back-and-forth offers to try and buy MCI Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. has pulled out of the fight for the ailing carrier, which stands to be acquired by Verizon Communications Inc. Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert at a shareholders meeting yesterday told attendees, [W]e arent looking at MCI. Thats over. Notebaert […]

AT&T-SBC Pact Threatens Demise of Competitors Giant Lobbyist

The competitive wireline industry could lose its heavyweight champion before the FCC and on Capitol Hill: AT&T Corp. AT&T has been a lobbying machine fighting for the rights of competitors to access the local networks controlled by the regional Bell phone companies. Now, Old Ma Bells feisty rival will be its parent if the federal […]

Telecom Taste Test?

Posted: 1/2004 Telecom Taste Test? Expert: Bell Win-Back, Cola Wars Campaigns Have Little in Common By Tara Seals In April 1985, one of the greatest missteps of modern marketing occurred: the Coca-Cola Co. unveiled New Coke, a product that lives in infamy. Not surprisingly, by July 1985, Classic Coke was back. But Coca-Colas once-mighty consumer […]

Soap Box: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Posted: 7/2003 Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? By Neil S. Ende, Alexandre B. Bouton and Tom K. Sinai Slamming. The word itself conjures up images of aggressive, even violent, misconduct. It is quite appropriate then that, in the telecom world, the word has become associated with unauthorized conversion of a consumers telephone service. From […]

Features: DOJ’s Antitrust Division Gets Hip

Posted: 2/2002 DOJ’s Antitrust Division Gets Hip By Kim Sunderland The U.S. Department of Justice plans this month to modernize the antitrust division to create a structure that better addresses new industries, network competition and other emerging trends in the economy. For the telecommunications industry, these division changes could mean more regulatory oversight, according to […]

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