STEVE GERHARDT IS A NETWORK services agent in Holmdel, N.J. He came into the role the way many do when the carrier he worked for, Econophone, closed up shop with literally no warning. I was a sales manager running a couple of sales offices for them. They came to my office unexpectedly and said, Steve, […]

How Competitive Carriers Are Affected by the Megamergers

The FCC and DOJ this week approved the mergers of SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI, opening a new chapter in the history of this industry. To get the FCCs green light, these industry giants agreed to offer naked DSL, backbone peering, and net neutrality, and freeze special access and UNE rates. (For more on these issues and […]

Channel Partners Gets a New Look

The March event in Las Vegas will mark the debut of a new logo and tagline, Exclusively for Converged Solutions Providers.

Convergence Spurs Unforeseen Competitors

As we inch closer to real deployment of IPTV, telcos are looking forward to providing a true converged suite of services delivered on IP. Aside from shoring up customer retention and adding television subscription to the ARPU, service providers can take advantage of IP convergence to allow whiz-bang features like video voice mail or pizza-ordering […]

TelecomNEXT Exhibits to Triple TELECOM 05 in Size

While TELECOM 05 this week at the Venetian Conference Center has 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space and is expected to draw 7,000 attendees. USTelecoms next big event, TelecomNEXT, will be about three times that size, says Walter B. McCormick Jr., president and CEO of USTelecom. “TelecomNEXT is a new kind of trade show, […]

TAG Shows Partners How to Diversify

These days its imperative to change and grow your product portfolio. But this is something much easier said than done. To that end, Dale Johnson, president of association sponsor Technology Assurance Group (TAG), an industry association for solutions providers, will tackle the question of how to diversify your business in an age of constantly evolving […]

VoIP Inc.: New VoiceOne Network Complies with FCC 911 Rules

Carriers carrier VoIP Inc. has brought together its relationships with other service providers and call centers to create a private network for 911 calls. The company, which recently acquired Volo Communications, says the new VoiceOne network meets the FCCs mandate for VoIP providers to offer wireline-like emergency response services. Shawn Lewis, CTO of VoIP Inc., […]

McLeodUSA Officers Resign

Service provider McLeodUSA Inc. said yesterday its CEO has resigned, but will remain on the board of directors. The CLEC Chris Davis resigned as of Aug. 12 amidst the companys restructuring efforts, but she will stay on as chairwoman of the board. Ken Burckhardt also stepped down last Friday from his positions as executive vice […]

TowerStream: Ready for WiMAX, Ready for More Partners

TowerStream Corp. is a fixed-wireless broadband provider that prides itself on completely bypassing the RBOCs to provide Internet access to end users, alleviating wait times and stress. The company recently launched its partner program, and is anticipating the arrival of WiMAX standards certification, even though it already operates on pre-WiMAX technology with WiMAX-ready gear. Read […]

Converting Wireless Nonusers

Got wireless? That seems to be the big question on everyone’s lips as more and more consumers continue to subscribe to wireless plans, forego their landlines and seek out the latest in cool cell phones and gadgets. Even the stodgiest of consumers are going wireless. It’s likely your grandparent owns a cell phone with a […]

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