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Alliance: Put Brakes on Mergers

In a regulatory battle of David versus Goliath, a group of telecom companies has united to oppose planned megamergers that would help two regional phone giants grow stronger while ending the sovereignty of AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc. Former FCC Chief Economist Simon Wilkie is among a team of experts retained by competitive telecommunictions providers […]

The Leader and the Damage Done

  No sooner had the stardust started settling in Washington following the inaugural to celebrate George Bush’s second term in office when word came out that Michael Powell, chairman of the FCC during Bush’s first term, was retiring from his post. My initial response was, “Boy, that’s wonderful news, but about two years too late.” […]

Congress Weighs In On VoIP Regulation

In the debate over how to regulate the Internet-based phone market, Congress is jumping into the fray. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation approved a bill this summer that generally would prevent states from regulating voice over the Internet applications, but amendments were added that would allow states to require Internet phone […]

Round Table

ON THE NEWS IN JULY THAT NEW YORK INVESTMENT FIRM LEUCADIA NATIONAL CORP. PLANNED TO FILE A REQUEST WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKING PERMISSION TO ACQUIRE A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN MCI. “Leucadia’s bid for MCI underscores a larger trend toward industry consolidation.Other potential acquirers likely will surface if the […]

CAN-SPAM Offers Recipe for E-marketing

Posted: 2/2004 CAN-SPAM Offers Recipe for E-marketing By David O. Klein, Esq., and John T. Um, Esq. After what seemed to be a never-ending pause, a federal law regulating unsolicited commercial e-mail finally was enacted. On Dec. 16, 2003, President Bush signed into law the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of […]

If I Had $1.7 Billion…

Posted: 2/2004 If I Had $1.7 Billion… By H. Russell Frisby Jr. Imagine for a moment you have more than $1.7 billion. What would you spend it on? If you were the Bell companies BellSouth Corp., SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. you would collectively use the bulk of those funds to pay fines […]

Carrier Channel: SEC: WorldCom Execs Concealed Glut, Investigators Say

Posted: 7/2003 WorldCom Execs Concealed Glut, Investigators Say By Josh Long WorldComs Bernie Ebbers It is a familiar story. In 2000, ailing carriers sought to topple their rivals by undercutting them on price because most of the worlds network capacity was underutilized. WorldCom Inc. was not immune to the pressure: Line costs, which represented about […]

NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

Posted: 4/2003 Overheard… "It can best be described as our day of the hanging chad. We got three votes, and we don’t want to go back and count them again." –David W. Dorman, chairman and CEO, AT&T Corp., during his keynote address at the Comptel Annual Conference & Exposition, referring to the FCC’s Triennial Review […]

Homeland Security Act

Posted: 1/2003 special report To Serve & Protect Homeland Security Act: How Will Telecom Benefit? By Josh Long The new Homeland Security Act as well as heightened awareness of potential physical and cyber vulnerabilities are creating both obligations and opportunities for telecom service providers, their vendors and channel partners. TWENTY-TWO FEDERAL AGENCIES comprising 170,000 employees […]

FCC Commissioner Adelstein to Advocate for Rural America

Posted: 1/2003 FCC Commissioner Adelstein to Advocate for Rural America By Josh Long Jonathan Adelstein, FCC Jonathan Adelstein, the new commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, may be an urbanite with a 14-year tenure on Capital Hill and an education from Stanford University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. However, Adelstein, who joins the […]

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