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AT&T Makes More Concessions in Bid to Close BellSouth Merger

AT&T Inc. late Thursday made additional concessions in its bid to acquire BellSouth Corp.; critics have complained that the Bell companys Oct. 13 compromises did not go far enough. AT&T filed a letter with the FCC on Dec. 28, stating it was trying to break the impasse created by the two Democratic FCC commissioners who […]

Adigo Adds International Toll Free Service Destinations to Conferencing Offering

Adigo Inc. (Booth 720) says it has added countries to its available International Toll Free Services, which allows international call participants to dial directly into an Adigo conference call using toll-free numbers from within their countries. Adigo sells its products through both direct and indirect channels, including a worldwide network of affiliates and resellers. Adigo […]

Time Out

I was tempted to rerun my comments from last month, Bells Win Another Round. By simply adding the word, Again, to the title and changing all the verb tenses from future to past, the piece stands. Of course, I am referring to the FCCs swift move to deregulate DSL access (see this story). The Aug. […]

Calculating ROI for Converged IPNetworks

The business case for adopting converged IP networks has been elusive. With vendors and resellers touting benefits such as more efficient network management and better integration between voice and data applications, the ability to measure and qualify ROI for enterprise migration to an all-IP network has been difficult. Given the lack of data to support […]

Where Did AT&T Go Wrong?

Hindsight is 20-20. However, AT&T has made a series of miscalculations since its divestiture that have landed it in its present precarious circumstances. Further cost-cutting and workforce reductions were announced in October following the company’s high-profile exit from the residential telecommunications market this summer. To an outsider it appears the company’s fundamental mistake was banking […]

Stepping Up Enforcement

Posted: 2/2004 Stepping Up Enforcement FCC Commissioners Call on Regulator to Extend 271 Compliance Reviews By Josh Long One of the biggest regulatory battles of the last seven years ended in December when Qwest Communications International Inc. was granted FCC approval to offer long-distance phone and data services in Arizona. All four Bells have authority […]

S&P Downgrades Qwest Following Debt Exchange Offer

Standard & Poor’s on Wednesday lowered its credit rating on Qwest Communications International Inc. after the phone giant announced a $12.9 billion debt exchange offer aimed to avoid a cash crunch. The debt exchange offer, which closes at 11:59 p.m. (EST) Dec. 20, is aimed to extend the date of maturities due in the next […]

Pending Sales Orders Nixed Following WorldCom’s Woes

Independent sales organizations representing WorldCom Inc. (www.worldcom.com) have had a majority of pending contracts canceled two days after the telephone and Internet giant disclosed inflating earnings by $3.8 billion. "The immediate reaction, we had 60 percent of WorldCom orders in process canceled as of today," the president of a master agency said Thursday. "The reaction […]

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