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Using Technology Marketing Tools Within theRules

Posted: 11/1999 Using Technology Marketing Tools Within the Rules By Edwin N. Lavergne Marketers are always looking for new ways to reach consumers. With the evolution of technology, new tools have become available to target consumers in their homes, but federal and state regulators concerned about privacy, fraud and harassment have responded by enacting a […]

Trench Warfare

Posted: 11/1999 Trench Warfare How To Fight and Win in the Courtroom By Neil S. Ende Litigation. The mere mention of the word often is enough to wobble the knees of even the most experienced and hardened telecommunications executives. Even most in-house counsel dread the very thought of litigating with a major telecommunications carrier. But, […]

Business News – WorldPort Closes U.S. Headquarters; Suit Filed in Federal Court

Posted: 10/1999 WorldPort Closes U.S. Headquarters; Suit Filed in Federal Court By Ken Branson Anyone looking for rock bottom, in business terms, might ask the employees and stockholders of WorldPort Communications Inc., Kennesaw, Ga. Their office has been closed, the company has been delisted from NASDAQ, their stock price closed recently at 71 cents per […]

Regulatory News – IXC Slamming Plan Won’t Work, States Say

Posted: 09/1999 IXC Slamming Plan Won’t Work, States Say By Kim Sunderland An industry-sponsored proposal calling for an independent third-party administrator (TPA) to handle slamming complaints just isn’t feasible, according to state regulators. Companies that slam, or switch a consumer’s long distance or local carrier without permission, are committing deceptive trade practices, which "are illegal," […]

CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau

Posted: 08/1999 CompTel Proposes New FCC Bureau By Kim Sunderland Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reform should include creation of a new Competition Bureau that would streamline agency processes and be more apt at dealing with industry changes and technological convergence, the Washington-based Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) says. CompTel’s June 28 comments are in response to […]

Slamming Controversy Thickens in Washington

Posted: 07/1999 Slamming Controversy Thickens in Washington By Kim Sunderland Washington’s rising humidity index this month isn’t the only thing making federal legislators hot under the collar. Slamming is pumping up temperatures around Capitol Hill as telecommunications lawmakers attempt to ice down those companies that switch a consumer’s long distance carrier without permission. Most recently, […]

Qwest Throws Down Services Gauntlet with Microsoft Deal

Posted: 02/1999 Qwest Throws Down Services Gauntlet with Microsoft Deal By Peter Lambert New-generation backbone carrier Qwest Communications International Inc., Denver, won’t remain content as a long distance pipe seller for long, now that it’s powered by Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp.’s technology and services. Qwest’s new business services unit will attempt to couple far-reaching packet […]

The Telecom Act–It’s Working

Posted: 12/1998 The Telecom Act–It’s Working By Cronan O’Connell As you leaf through this issue of PHONE+, the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) is poised to open its Annual Convention and Trade Exposition–its largest ever–Dec. 2-4 in Las Vegas, drawing thousands of attendees from the competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) industry as well as […]

Federal Telecom Lawmakers Have Staying Power

Posted: 12/1998 Federal Telecom Lawmakers Have Staying Power By Kim Sunderland All four of the top telecommunications policy makers were voted back into office Nov. 3, retaining their committee seats and solidifying a Republican-led agenda for the 106th Congress. Bliley With these incumbents holding on to their seats, more of the same in telecom can […]

With Friends Like These

Posted: 02/1998 GUEST EDITORIAL With Friends Like These By Ernie Kelly, President, Telecommunications Resellers Association Imagine you are an entrepreneur involved in efforts to open up telecom markets. Your plan is to introduce advanced technological developments and innovative marketing techniques that have been effective in the United States into countries whose markets have never really […]

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