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BCI, ACI Form Settlement Service

Billing Concepts Inc. (BCI, Booth 612) and ACI Billing Services Inc. (ACI, Booth 612) have joined forces to create the largest clearinghouse in the United States, say the companies. Billing Services Group LLC, the new holding company of BCI and ACI, will bill and settle at least $1 billion annually and is the newest addition […]

Business News – Power Companies Form New Carrier; Look for a CEO and Other Pros

Posted: 05/2000 Power Companies Form New Carrier; Look for a CEO and Other Pros By Ken Branson Take 4,200 route miles of optical fiber, two small telecom companies and six power companies, and what do you have? According to those companies, you have the makings of a regional carriers’ carrier. What’s missing? A CEO, a […]

Business News – Qwest, IBM Form Alliance to Build Data Centers

Posted: 05/2000 Qwest, IBM Form Alliance to Build Data Centers By Ken BransonQwest Communications International Inc. (www.qwest.com) and IBM Corp. (www.ibm.com) will build 28 data centers throughout the United States during the next seven years.Company officials say they should realize $5 billion in revenue from the centers–Qwest for providing network services to IBM, and IBM […]

Competitors urge FCC to approve Internet changes

Posted:  03/2000 Competitors urge FCC to approve Internet changes KIM SUNDERLAND Although it has been a dormant issue for several months, competitors have renewed their efforts to push the FCC into permitting customer requests to change a carrier over the Internet. During the past several years, Congress, the FCC and many states increasingly have become […]

Hypercom, Inter-Tel Form IP Carrier Solutions Company

Posted: 12/1999 Hypercom, Inter-Tel Form IP Carrier Solutions Company Hypercom Network Systems and Inter-Tel Inc., both Phoenix-based, have formed a joint-venture company targeting the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) gateway equipment market. The new company, Cirillium Corp., Phoenix, will integrate carrier-class hardware platforms, call processing software and a service creation suite to help competitive carriers […]

Nineteen Form IP Billing-Standard Group

Posted: 10/1999 Nineteen Form IP Billing-Standard Group By Liz Montalbano Nineteen billing companies, network service providers, telecommunications carriers and equipment providers–including AT&T Corp., Amdocs, Andersen Consulting LLP, Convergys Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Portal Software Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc.–have formed a working group to develop a new Internet usage billing standard. The standard–the Internet Protocol Detail […]

FCC Service Provider Filing and Fee Requirements

FCC Service Provider Filing and Fee Requirements The information below summarizes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) filing requirements and regulatory assessments generally applicable to telecommunications service providers. Interest on late payments and/or other penalties typically apply to companies either not filing or underpaying. Data in the chart represents the best information available as of March […]

Recovering the Controversial Costs of Universal Service

Posted: 06/1998 Recovering the Controversial Costs of Universal Service By Thomas K. Crowe, Esq. In May 1997, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted its controversial universal service ruling, few service providers comprehended the effect the program would have on their businesses. Today, all service providers with even minimal interstate traffic must pay approximately 3.9 […]

Metromedia, Racal Form Trans-Atlantic Venture

Posted: 05/1998 Metromedia, Racal Form Trans-Atlantic Venture By Ken Branson Metromedia Fiber Networks Inc. and Racal Telecom Ltd. have taken the trans-Atlantic plunge, each hoping to reach new customers on the other’s side of the ocean. The companies have given birth to International Optical Network LLC (ION), which they will jointly own. ION will pull […]

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