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Verizon 2007 Contract Contested

After nearly a year of talks with former MCI and Verizon agents, Verizon Solutions Partner Program (VSPP) executives in November unveiled the companys 2007 contract, which did little to quell the growing chorus of concern surrounding the combination of the two carriers agent programs following their merger. Former MCI agents (fMCI as they are known […]

Verizon Reports 95% Response to Agent Contract

Despite attempts to organize a boycott against Verizons new agent agreement, nearly 95 percent of the agents invited to participate in the 2007 Verizon Solutions Partner Program are expected to sign the contract, the company said. Shelley Murphy, vice president, Verizon Business Solutions Group, told PHONE+ today 90 percent of the invited agents executed their […]

No Parking

AS POST-UNE-P COMMERCIAL services agreements with the Bells come due over the next couple of years, former UNE-P resellers are evaluating their options and looking for certainty. Some are finding alternatives to the incumbents in the increasing number of UNE-P replacement offers for large competitive carriers. In many instances, though, Bell contracts remain the best […]

Verizon Holds Agent Kickoff Event Despite Contract Questions

Despite lingering questions and concerns about Verizons new agent agreement, about two-thirds of the agents invited to participate in the 2007 Verizon Solutions Partner Program attended the kickoff meeting Wednesday in Basking Ridge, N.J., the company said. Nearly 100 agents 60 percent of them former MCI Solutions Partners and 40 percent legacy Verizon agents were […]

telx Sold to GI Partners

The telx Group Inc. has been sold to GI Partners, a transatlantic private equity firm. Detailed terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. This is a monumental achievement by a team of outstanding professionals who I have had the pleasure to lead through innumerable challenges throughout the years, Rory J. Cutaia, the founder, chairman […]

First Avenue Completes Merger, Changes Name

First Avenue Networks Inc. said on Wednesday it has wrapped up its merger with FiberTower Corp., which has become a wholly owned subsidiary of First Avenue. Still, First Avenue has changed its name to FiberTower Corp. The two companies agreed in May to the $1.5 billion merger. The deal was an all-stock transaction. The new […]

Former Qwest Exec Gets Probation, $250K Fine

The former CFO for Qwest Communications International Inc. was sentenced on Friday afternoon to two years probation and fined $250,000. Robin Szeliga pleaded guilty to insider trading last year for her role in the carriers 2001 accounting and securities fraud scandal. She admitted to making $125,000 from the sale of 10,000 shares of Qwest stock […]

Former Sprint Exec Joins Aptela

Internet-based business communications services provider Aptela Inc. announced on Tuesday Art MacDowell, former vice president of wholesale services for Sprint Nextel, has joined the firm as vice president of alternate channels. In this role, MacDowell assumes responsibility for Aptelas channel sales including wholesale, VAR and master agent programs. MacDowell spent more than 17 years at […]

Agents Respond to Changes in Verizon Partner Program

Former MCI solutions partners who are now part of the Verizon Solutions Partner Program (VSPP), following the Bell companys acquisition of the No. 2 longdistance carrier, expressed disappointment with announced changes to the program effective Jan. 1, 2007. One Midwest-based master agent, who spoke on background, says the policies represented a dark day for the […]

Enron Execs Convicted on Multiple Counts

A Houston jury on Thursday convicted former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of fraud that led to the energy companys collapse in 2001. Lay, the companys founder, was convicted on all six counts and Skilling, the former CEO, on 19 of 28 counts. Both men will be sentenced on Sept. 11. News […]

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