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Qwest CEO Search Ends With Mueller

Qwest Communications International Inc.s appointment of Edward A. Mueller as its new chairman and CEO appears to be a good move, analysts say. But some wonder whether anything significant will change for the third largest Bell company if Mueller doesnt bring new and visionary ideas, especially regarding Qwests enterprise strategy. Mueller (pronounced Miller) was named […]

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Starts Ruckus with Wi-Fi

Pioneer Telephony is planning a phased rollout of the Ruckus Wireless Inc. Wi-Fi system as part of its popular broadband services, including commercial IPTV, throughout 2006 in a move to lower in-home installation costs and give its services a broadband footprint in the home. Until now, Pioneer had to send technicians to install Category 5 […]

What a Difference a Decade Makes

I HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE TELECOM industry for much of its competitive lifespan. The past 17 years have given me plenty of time to have witnessed most of the substantive changes following the divestiture of AT&T, including passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. At the time, I was still working for the […]

ATIS Hands out Annual Awards

The Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) today announced the winners of its annual awards program, recognizing industry subject matter experts for their contributions to telecommunications standards development and support of ATIS committees and forums. The professionals and standards experts that make up ATIS 23 standards committees and forums are among the most talented and dedicated […]

FCC OKs ALLTEL-Western Wireless Merger

The FCC has given ALLTEL Corp. approval to acquire Western Wireless Corp., but imposed conditions requiring the divestiture of Western Wireless assets in 16 markets in Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska. Federal regulators concluded the merger of Little Rock, Ark.-based ALLTEL and Bellevue, Wash.-based Western Wireless will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. Through the […]

PAETEC Extends MPLS Network

PAETEC Communications Inc. has grown its SECURETEC MPLS network from 27 to 151 markets. The provider says this allows it to offer a complete MPLS with quality of service to areas once considered off-net. So, if a customer has one or more sites outside of PAETEC’s traditional footprint, PAETEC now enables data traffic to pass […]

UTC Chairman Expresses Frustration over Spectrum Policy

United Telecom Council Chairman James Stahl on Monday expressed frustration the FCC has not given utilities dedicated spectrum to use for such emergency management purposes as dispatching crew to secure downed power lines during a natural disaster. "If I sound a little frustrated I really am," Stahl said during a UTC Telecom 2004 keynote address […]

ATLANTIC-ACM Presents Wholesale Carrier Excellence Awards

ATLANTIC-ACM CEO Dr. Judy Reed Smith will present the company’s 2004 U.S. Wholesale Carrier Excellence Awards 11 a.m. today in Room 211B during the Wholesale Executive Forum. Awards are based on the 2004 edition of ATLANTIC-ACM’s Wholesale Carrier Report Card. The Boston-based telecommunications research consultancy evaluates the performance of wholesale carriers from approximately 500 ratings […]

Thanks 11.5 Million!

Posted: 09/2000 Thanks 11.5 Million! As this issue of PHONE+ is put to bed, Verizon Communications (www.verizon.com) has announced that it has won 1 million long-distance customers in New York. The goal, it says, was reached five months ahead of target, and, I might add, just seven months after the company–the merged Bell Atlantic-GTE–received FCC […]

In the Cards

Posted: 01/2000 In the Cards Prepaid Card Services Part of Winning Hand By Imke Mensah With forecasts showing continued, albeit slowing, growth, the increasingly competitive prepaid calling card market remains a good opportunity for network service providers. They’ll find some of their prepaid card profits coming from nontraditional users and from new service plays. While […]

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